Student Services and Amenities Fee
What is the fee paying for? Services and facilities to benefit students.
New SAF funded services for 2013:
- PeerWrite academic writing program
- Enhanced Airport pickup service
- iAccelerate Entrepreneurship Event
- Clubs & Societies Executive Program
- Innovation Campus Social Club
- Safezone mobile app
- Outdoor seating and exercise equipment
- Accommodation support for Sydney Business School Sydney Campus
- Faculty Career Consultants
- Online career resources for students
Student feedback showed these areas are most important for long term investment.
Services continuing from 2012
- Free legal advice and financial counselling
- Self-preparation food areas
- Global Communicators program
- Regional Career Consultants
- Subsidised URAC gym memberships
- Admin support for WUSA & WUPA
- Housing Assessment Scheme
- Student advocacy training and promotions
- Postgraduate and mature age orientation
- Health and Wellbeing Centre
- Outdoor recreational spaces
Student Services and Amenities fees collected from students studying at regional campuses will fund projects to directly benefit these students.
Regional campus SAF projects completed in 2012:
About the Student Services and Amenities Fee:
The Student Services and Amenities Bill 2011 was passed by the Federal Government in October 2011 to allow higher education providers to charge an annual compulsory student services and amenities fee (SAF) (capped at $263 per student in 2012 but indexed on an annual basis) from 1 January 2012.
Federal government legislation determines what UOW can spend your fee on:
a) providing food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider;
b) supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students;
c) supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students;
d) caring for children of students;
e) providing legal services to students;
f) promoting the health or welfare of students;
g) helping students secure accommodation;
h) helping students obtain employment or advice on careers;
i) helping students with their financial affairs;
j) helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents;
k) supporting debating by students;
l) providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students;
m) supporting an artistic activity by students;
n) supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students;
o) helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled;
p) advising on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules (however described);
q) advocating students' interests in matters arising under the higher education provider's rules (however described);
r) giving students information to help them in their orientation;
s) helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment.
UOW SPENDING PRIORITIES
UOW has developed spending priorities based on student feedback and surveys. These priorities are:
- SAF Fees should be spent on infrastructure, capital or other projects of a one-off nature that deliver ongoing service improvement benefits to students in the above categories.
- Without limiting possible wider application at non-Wollongong locations, the University's priorities are on the following items from the spending categories listed above: (b), (c), (d), (f), (g), (h), (l), (m), (n), (o), (r) and (s).
- The University believes that funds raised from students studying at non-Wollongong locations should be re-invested at non-Wollongong locations.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged biannually to students to fund services and facilities which benefit students. The student consultation process facilitated the prioritisation of funds to projects considered important to improving the UOW Student Experience. To have your say, complete the survey sent to your UOWmail account or email email@example.com.