What can be funded?

SSAF Funded

There are restrictions on what SSAF can be spent on. These have been determined by the Commonwealth Government and fall into 19 areas. The University can choose to deliver the services and amenities themselves or contract a third party to deliver them.

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  • providing food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider;
  • supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students;
  • supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students;
  • caring for children of students;
  • providing legal services to students;
  • promoting the health or welfare of students;
  • helping students secure accommodation;
  • helping students obtain employment or advice on careers;
  • helping students with their financial affairs;
  • helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents;
  • supporting debating by students;
  • providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students;
  • supporting an artistic activity by students;
  • supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students;
  • helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled;
  • advising on matters arising under the higher education provider’s rules (however described);
  • advocating students’ interests in matters arising under the higher education provider’s rules (however described);
  • giving students information to help them in their orientation; and
  • helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment.

The 2019 SSAF funding allocation

The 2019 SSAF funding process

Student consultation

  • All SSAF paying students are surveyed on their priorities for SSAF expenditure.
  • SRC consult with students for additional feedback and propose SSAF priorities for student comment.

Fund allocation

  • Applications to request SSAF funding open the week commencing 24 September 2018 and close on 26 October 2018.
  • Recommendations for SSAF expenditure are submitted to the Vice Chancellor for approval in November 2018

Outcome and reporting

  • Applicants requesting SSAF funding in 2019 receive notification by 7 December 2018.
  • Fund recipients provide quarterly financial reports during 2019 and a final evaluation report by 1 February 2020.

SSAF Student Survey — 2018 Results

Thank you to the 1594 students who participated in the recent SSAF survey. The data shows that overall the top priority areas for SSAF funding are the same as the last two years (employment and careers advice, promoting health or welfare, food and drink).

Overall spending areas chosen by students

Students were asked to complete an activity where they had $100 to allocate across the SSAF nineteen allowable spending areas.

SSAF Priority Allocations 2018 and 2019

Spending areas chosen by student groups


Funds Allocated by Residency


Funds Allocated by Course Level


Funds Allocated by Mode of Study

Refer to the SSAF Student Survey 2018 : Summary of Results to view SSAF allocations by student location.

Who responded to the survey?

Responses by Gender
Responses by Course Level
Resonses by Residency
Responses by Location

Do students have SSAF funding priorities that are different to the survey results?

Please email the SRC using the group email address SRCMembers@scu.edu.au with your feedback and comment. Alternatively students may wish to contact their cohort representative on the SRC using the details provided on the SRC webpage.

What is SSAF funded in 2018?

Southern Cross University SSAF services, programs and events are delivered by a combination of University departments, The Hotel School in Sydney and Melbourne, and external provider — Lifeline and the four Student Associations shown below.

SSAF Funding Allocation 2018

CoastRs Student Association
Coffs Harbour Student Association
Lexsa Student Association
Southern Cross Postgraduate Association

More detail on 2018 SSAF funded Services, Programs and Events and their objectives

Careers and Employability

Provide networks and links to source part time employment while studying, assistance with degree choice, job applications, preparing for interviews and advice on how to target graduate employers.


Welcome packs sent to new online students comprising of items to assist them with their study and provide a sense of belonging and early connection to the university.

Activities, workshops and events to welcome students and introduce them to their study environment also providing opportunities of connectivity at the three main campuses:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding about course requirements, the campus, administrative procedures and the services offered
  • Develop student understanding of what’s involved in self-management
  • Acknowledge and nurture connection (to SCU, between students, between students and staff)
  • Create opportunities for students to join and connect with their ‘student tribe’ and join clubs and societies
  • To provide the opportunity for internal stakeholders to communicate with newly commencing students and add value to the student experience
  • Social activities and events for students to meet other students
  • Social and orientation events specifically for postgraduate students
  • Provision of goodie bags on campus with all the information student need to know about student life
  • Provision of Diaries and Wall planners for new and returning students

Top of SSAF Funding

Clubs and Societies

Offers students the opportunity to interact with their piers though activities that provides a direct link to students who have a common interest through the goals of the Clubs or Societies. Assistance and guidance is sometimes provided by their affiliation body by way of administration, purchasing, planning and constitution advice.

Arts Club Graduation
Engineering Society
Film Club
Fire & Flow arts Club
Indigenous Awareness Group
International Club
International Society
Midwifery Society
Occupational Therapy Club - OTSA
QSCU Society
SCU Arts Club
SCU Bouldering Wall
SCU Chess Club
SCU Christians Group (EC)
SCU Community Garden
SCU Education Connect
SCU Foodies
SCU Gaming Club
SCU Gold Coast Toastmasters
SCU Gold Rats Rugby
SCU Law Association - SCULA
SCU Media Club
SCU Midwifery Club
SCU Music Club Showcase
SCU Netball Club
SCU Psychology Society (SCUPS)
SCU Soccer Club
SCU Student Osteopathic Medical Association Club - SOMA
SCU Writers Club
Southern Cross University Law Student Society - SCULSS
Southern Cross University Mountain Bikers - SCUMB
Speech Pathology
Sport and Exercise Science
Women’s Collective

Student membership with Associated Community Clubs

Palm Beach Currumbin Rugby Club
Tweed United
Lismore Swans
Seagull Netball

Top of SSAF Funding


To assist SCU students who have children, by giving them a Childcare Assistance Rebate fortnightly to help with their Childcare costs.

Postgraduate Student Conference

  • The RISE Conference provides a supportive and fun experience for postgraduate students in the environment, engineering and core sciences to engage and share each other’s research, while developing confidence and communication skills.
  • Annual PRAXIS research and practice conference.
  • Sponsorship of the psychology Honours students’ conference.

Sport and Recreation Programs

  • Supporting students participation at University Games and Championships
  • Assist in the delivery of social sport program (at each campus)
  • Provide subsidized transport for students to attend inter campus events
  • Support and develop university Teams in community events and competitions
  • Support and develop student participation in recreational programs like Learn to Surf, Snow Tour and more
  • Provide uniforms for University teams when representing SCU in university sanctioned Australian University Sport competitions and events
  • Support and develop a student leadership and sports ambassador program
  • Provision of medical assessments service by qualified sports medical officers (students/ club members) for participants that attend and participate at a university coordinated sport and recreational activity or program

Top of SSAF Funding

Student Engagement / Entertainment / Events / Programs


  • Flea Markets
  • Live music every Wednesday
  • Creative workshops
  • Outdoor 'Under the Stars Movie Nights'
  • Stress less Events
  • Morning Teas
  • Fusion Festival
  • Wear it Purple Day
  • IDAHOT Day
  • RU OK Day
  • International Women’s Day
  • Daily breakfast and exam Supplies during exam periods
  • End of Session parties
  • Free postage for online student’s printing
  • Environmentally friendly keep cups
  • Student discounts organised with campus Cafes
  • Second hand textbooks

Gold Coast

  • Campus parties
  • Toga Party
  • End of year party
  • Fusion Festival
  • Weekly music and activities
  • Stress Less Weeks
  • Whale Watching
  • Timezone Activities
  • Movie Nights
  • Surf Awareness Days
  • Wear it Purple Day
  • Idahot Day
  • Community Partner Discounts
  • Yoga Class
  • Religious celebrations throughout the year
  • Harmony Day
  • Exam Week Study Essentials
  • Shave for a Cure
  • Student Conferences

Coffs Harbour

  • Uni Ball
  • Fusion Festival
  • Purple Day
  • Pizza and movie nights in Uni Lounge
  • Exam time support
  • Crafternoons

Postgraduate Students

  • Support of postgraduate study groups and seminars
  • Membership of Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA)
  • Participation at CAPA Annual Council Meeting (ACM) and Special Council Meeting (SCM)

Hotel School Students

  • Subsiding cultural awareness trip to Singapore
  • Networking and Guest speaker events with specialist and industry professionals
  • Contribution to Winery Tour building students’ knowledge of the wine industry
  • Movie night
  • End of Session Parties
  • Mini putt putt
  • Escape rooms
  • Halloween party
  • End of year party
  • Tram Dinner for Melbourne
  • Cruise for Sydney
  • Yoga and Zumba classes offsite

Top of SSAF Funding

Student Advocacy

Provision of independent, confidential advice and advocacy on University matters to enrolled students whether studying on campus or online. See the Student Advocacy Service for more information.


Lismore Campus — weekly BBQs, pizza days, Toastie Mondays and Common Room food, tea and coffee for four student common rooms around campus (A Block, V Block, Z Block, Goodman Plaza). Catering for Online students when on campus by providing extra supplies in common rooms, morning teas and weekly BBQs and lunches.

Gold Coast Campus — Two subsidised weekly lunches. Supply of breakfast and general kitchen supplies for students in the Level 4 Student Lounge. Weekly SCU Foodvan — food support for students

Coffs Harbour Campus — weekly free lunches Session 1 and 2, fortnightly free lunches Session 3, pizza and movie nights, basic regular breakfast supplies, weekly Toastie days in Session 1 and 2, fresh milk, tea, coffee and condiment supplies.

Online Students — provision of food at residential activities at all locations, supplies available through common rooms and weekly student BBQs expanded to include Online students on the Lismore campus.

Postgraduate Students — maintain and stock postgraduate kitchens at Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast and provide lunch for postgraduate students attending compulsory intensive residential activities at the Gold Coast.

Top of SSAF Funding

Training and Development

  • Providing Accredited Apply First Aid Course and CPR Component with a registered qualified trainer at Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour
  • Providing accredited Mental Health First Aid course with a registered qualified trainer to Coffs Harbour students
  • RSA Workshop at Gold Coast
  • Body Awareness and Self Care Workshop at Gold Coast
  • Sports Strapping Workshop at Gold Coast
  • Support to disadvantaged students to pay for and sit the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

Training workshops and online training resources to postgraduate and honours students.

  • Training workshops and online training resources to postgraduate and honours students
  • Advanced MS Word, Excel and Excel Fu
  • NVivo qualitative data analysis
  • SPSS inferential statistical analysis workshop and online resources
  • English grammar and study skills for international postgrad students
  • GIS mapping
  • Critical literature review
  • Research student mentoring and tuition
  • Guest research colloquia and panel discussions
  • Academic writing, reasoning and argument
  • Writing, editing and using the SCU thesis template
  • Development and maintenance of the SCU Thesis template
  • Writing for publication
  • PhD writing tips
  • Structured literature searching
  • Nvivo for literature review
  • Presentation skills
  • Best practices for conducting effective focus groups
  • Ethnographic interview
  • Using case studies in research
  • Qualitative research design
  • Using Qualtrics for research
  • Experimental design and statistical analysis
  • Primer student sponsorship

Top of SSAF Funding

Student Welfare and Financial Assistance


  • Provision of vouchers for students to purchase groceries, petrol or other essential items, (cash is only offered in extenuating circumstances, each case looked into on needs basis).

Students can request these vouchers from the student association or be referred from the Student Advocacy Service.

Gold Coast

  • Collaboration with Counselling to assist awareness around mental health issues
  • $20 vouchers for food and petrol crisis support
  • Subsidy of travel for NSW students who can’t get a travel concession in QLD

Coffs Harbour

  • Subsidy of the membership costs to the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for Psychology students.
  • Subsidised tickets to seminars and conference opportunities, such as the Regional Wellbeing Masterclass, hosted at SCU Coffs Harbour.

Postgraduate and honours students

  • Exceptional circumstances funding assistance

Hotel School

  • A range of services, workshops and sessions to assist and support students from a personal health-and-wellbeing perspective, with engagement of professional services in the following areas:
    • Mental Health
    • Mindfulness
    • Drugs and Alcohol
    • Sex Education
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Flu Vaccinations
  • Relocation assistance provides students with a financial contribution which is applied to rent and/or relocation costs
  • FREE printing and postage for online students

24 Hour Crisis Line

  • Help callers find immediate relief from emotional distress, exploring coping strategies and reinforce their coping capacity, safely manage any threats to life or safety, open pathways for longer-term solutions and focus specific next steps for the caller to take.

Welfare assistance (all students)

This is available to students experiencing financial crisis. The purpose is to alleviate the stress of emergency situations. The chief means of help is the provision of Woolworths food, and petrol vouchers.

  • Emergency accommodation (all students) — an emergency stay, up to 14 days, made available to students in crisis. This is provided on-campus, through local accommodation providers, or through rental assistance.
  • Student lunch (5 Loaves Mobile Soup Kitchen, Lismore) — a weekly lunch provided to students for 13 weeks of each session 1 and 2.

Top of SSAF Funding