SSAF Breakdown

Learn more about SSAF

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a fee charged to Swinburne higher education students for services and amenities. This includes subsidised food offerings, sports and recreational activities, student clubs and societies, support services including counselling and advocacy and improving facilities.

Higher education students including international students at Swinburne pay SSAF. The vast majority of SSU’s income is derived from this funding which we use to invest in your Swinburne journey across a number of services.

What does Swinburne spend your SSAF money on?

The University expects to collect $5.975 million in SSAF fees in 2023. To find out how the university is spending this money, click here.

Of the total SSAF collected by the University, SSU was awarded a grant of $720,500 for 2023 to provide activities and services. This represents only 12% of the total SSAF funding collected by Swinburne from eligible Swinburne students.

How will the SSU be spending the 2023 SSAF grant money?

The Swinburne Student Union ensures that we spend every dollar received from the SSAF Grant on events and services that enhance the Swinburne experience. We’re ran independently to the university and maintain our own operational staff supported by the Swinburne Student Council – an elected board of student representatives who decide the annual budget of the association.

The services and activities we’re investing in include:

Transport Assistance Program

To help students get around, we're providing those in need with loaded up Myki Cards to help assist with the increased cost-of-living. We'll be giving away these Myki Cards with this project launch in Semester one of 2023.


We run a year long 'Events and Festivals Program' to help enhance your experience here at Swinburne.

We prioritise your social life and thus run a range of parties at various clubs around Melbourne or even on a cruise boat.

Keep an eye on our festivals held on Wednesdays, we have One World Fest, Market Day, SHAG Fest (Sexual Health and Guidance) and Stress Less Fest for you to look forward to.

Student Representation

Up to 23 student directors (office bearers) are elected annually by Swinburne students to ensure you are represented at the highest levels of Swinburne in decision-making and advocating for your needs during your Swinburne journey.

SWINE Magazine

We fund SWINE – Swinburne’s premier print and digital magazine that is entirely student developed and operated. It is a critical platform for free flowing ideas and creativity and is printed quarterly and distributed on campus and through online channels.


Our Foodbank Program is providing essential grocery and food staples for hundreds of Swinburne students to get you through the academic year. This program includes direct support for basic food items including personal hygiene and sexual health products.

BBQ and Breakfast Programs

Our BBQ and Breakfast programs are provided during Semesters one and two with our daily breakfast program supporting hundreds of Swinburne students and our weekly BBQ on Wednesdays providing sustenance to get you ready to go for your lecture or assessment!

Other Support Services

In those crucial weeks of study between Week 12 and your exams, we support you through our Welfare on Wheels and Exam Help Stall programs.

Find us around the Late Lab in week 12 where we'll be giving students free snack packs. 

Need last minute stationery,  calculators or snacks to power you through your exam? Find us and our Exam Help Desk right outside your exam venues in the ATC Building and EN Building.

Not to mention we also provide a whole lot of free stuff, ticketed events, activities and much, much more!