In 2013, the University received approximately $7M. Of this amount, approximately $3M was allocated to the Gold Coast Student Guild; approximately $1M to the SRC; approximately $2.7M to Campus Life; approximately $180K to GUPSA; approximately $100K to Academic Administration for orientation activities; and approximately $25K to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) for student sponsorships.
All of the income from the fee was spent on student services and amenities of a non-academic nature. In 2014, the University allocated $9.6M in SSAF revenue as follows: $3.0M to the Gold Coast Student Guild, $1.1M to the SRC, $0.4M to GUPSA, $3.7M to Campus Life, $300K to Academic Administration for orientation, engagement and counselling activities, $1.0M in capital projects relating to student facilities, and $25K to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) for student sponsorships.
In line with the consultation process, recipient organisations / campus providers outlined the activities that they planned to undertake upon receipt of revenue collected from the SSAF. Some of these activities are outlined below:
Student Guild (Gold Coast campus)
- operation of food and beverage service outlets on campus: Unibar and Function Centre; Coffee Cart (located in the Unibar), Village Express; Campus Bookshop, 43 vending machines; a range of microwave facilities located in the cafeteria and G52; Coffee Bug in G33 and G28; along with a range of outsourced catering services with Cater Care: Koala Café (G07), Natures Bar (G02), and the Coffee Cellar (G14 and GH1).
- supporting campus sports and recreation through:
- subsidising a sporting scholarship program
- participation and attendance at Northern University Games, Australia University Games, Intervarsity Sporting Event held in conjunction with Bond University
- supporting a range of sporting teams, for example, basketball, hockey, netball, rugby, water polo
- operation of a Social Sport program on campus across 6 sports fielding some 58 teams and the establishment and ongoing management of the campuses volleyball, tennis and basketball courts
- producing the annual Recreation Handbook (G-Sport magazine) and offering 5 First Aid Courses per semester
- supporting campus clubs and societies through:
- providing a range of support to 33 cultural clubs, such as the Griffith Architectural Society, Association of Norwegian Students, Latin Club, HOPE4HEALTH, Anime Society etc
- organisation of social events ranging from Beach Parties, Harmony Day, Children’s Christmas Party, Market days, student BBQs
- an 11-seater van for use by sporting, recreation and cultural clubs
- free legal service to students operated in conjunction with McInnes Wilson Lawyers
- financial assistance services, such as budgeting, tax returns and emergency loans
- assisting students to find affordable accommodation, including the 'Get On the Bus' initiative
- operation of a jobs noticeboard on campus and tutor database to assist students with their search for part-time employment
- supporting artistic activities through the hosting of the National Band Competition
- providing a range of published materials including: student diary, wall planner, event posters, websites etc.
- providing students with comprehensive orientation information and organising a range of events during O Week
- a student advocacy service that seeks to provide impartial advice to students on academic appeals, harassment and discrimination and grievances.
Student Representative Council (SRC) (Brisbane and Logan campuses)
- provide a grievances and appeals service for students
- provide an on-campus legal advice service
- operation of second hand book fairs
- on-campus health classes and expos such as sexual and mental health
- on-campus 'stress free' activities such as yoga, meditation and tai chi classes
- networking opportunities for international and domestic students
- on-campus entertainment program to increase campus culture and student participation
- support of student artistic exhibitions
- food events including free and discounted breakfasts and lunches
- student publication – magazine
- upgrade and installation of lockers
- refurbishment of common rooms, for example the upgrading of the Equinox at Mt Gravatt (M08)
- discount scheme for healthy food
- health and sustainability promotions and events such as Green Market Day.
Campus Life (Brisbane and Logan campuses)
- the operation of a number of food and beverage outlets on the Brisbane and Logan campus, these include:
- Nathan; G’s Wine bar, Café Rossa, Griffith Express, the Common and coffee cart;
- Mt Gravatt: M28 café and the Servery
- Logan: Brook café and the Servery
- Southbank: Red Note Café and QCA Cafe
- management and support of a number of tenancies on campus. Examples of support include: paying the fit-out costs and subsidising the marketing and promotional campaign for the new hairdresser at the Logan campus and enabling a rent free period for a catering outlet at Nathan
- provision of a small retail shop at the Logan campus
- administration and support of 67 clubs (8187 members)
- administration and support of students participating in the Northern and Australian University Games
- management and administration of Social Sports Program: Social sport comprises mixed soccer, touch, netball, basketball etc – 199 teams participated in 2012
- management and operation of a range of Sporting Facilities including: Mt Gravatt Sports Precinct (Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Tennis Centre, Sports Oval, basketball and netball courts); Logan: workout room and tennis courts; Nathan: ovals, tennis courts and gym.
- management of the Residential Sports program
- provision of an Events and Activities Program across all campuses – 32 events were held in semester 2, 2012. Examples include: market days, food festivals, music and culture days
- orientation activities
- provision of off-campus accommodation and homestay service.
Postgraduate coursework students are utilising the services and activities provided across Griffith campuses. In addition, the Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association (GUPSA) (Brisbane and Logan campuses) plan to provide the following:
- a postgraduate symposium
- health and wellbeing activities, such as managing stress through massage
- social events, such as the event with the Vice Chancellor, end of year Christmas event, international student events
- study support, including editorial support
- affiliation with the national Council of Australian Postgraduate Students (CAPA) and the Council of International Students Australia (CISA)
- postgraduate information and market events
- a number of bursaries and excellence awards.
All of the income from the fee will be spent on student services and amenities of a non-academic nature. The University estimates it will receive approximately $8.3M in SSAF revenue for 2015 which is expected to be allocated as follows: $3.3M to the Gold Coast Student Guild; $1.7M to the SRC (including GUPSA), $3M to Campus Life, $300K to Academic Administration for orientation and engagement activities, and $25K to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) for student sponsorships/scholarships.
All of the income from the fee will be spent on student services and amenities of a non-academic nature. The University estimates it will receive approximately $8.1M in SSAF revenue for 2016 which is expected to be allocated as follows: $3.1M to the Gold Coast Student Guild; $1M to the SRC, $500K to GUPSA; $2.5M to Campus Life; $245K to Academic Administration for orientation and engagement activities; and $25K to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) for student sponsorships.