Report on the Student Services Amenities Fee (SAFF) Allocation

Three months of negotiations and two rounds of funding applications later, the University has announced how the 2015 Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) will be allocated between its student organisations. This was decided by the SSAF Allocation Committee, chaired by Professor Tyrone Carlin (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar)) and comprising the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston, two Deans (Professors Peck and Rhodes), and the Director of Corporate Finance, Mr Matt Easdown.

The Committee has determined that the SRC will be receiving just over $1.65 million from SSAF this year. This represents an increase of 9% on last year’s $1.51 million.

We have since begun preparing the annual budget. Max and I would like this to be as consultative and collaborative a process as possible. Office Bearers have been invited to submit a funding application for their department, outlining the projects they’ve got in store for 2015 and how much they plan to spend. After having reviewed them, it’s safe to say that many exciting and progressive ideas abound, which we aim to support wherever possible.

We would also like to ensure our hardworking members of staff are supported in the budget. This includes allocating sufficient funding to maintain and (where possible) expand the casework and legal services the SRC provides, which face increasing student demand each year.

We have also been in contact with the National Union of Students (NUS) regarding affiliation in 2015. Throughout the first 4 months of our term, we—together with the President, members
of Executive, and other SRC Office Bearers—have attended NUS National Conference and been in contact with NUS Office Bearers regarding the union’s plans and funding arrangements for 2015.
Ultimately, the SRC is a student organisation that runs entirely on student money. With that in mind, we welcome any input from you, dear student, as to where your money goes and how it should be spent. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to drop us a line at
general.secretary@src.usyd.edu.au.

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