Consultation

Under the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines, the University is required to have a formal process of consultation with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations at the university regarding the specific uses of proceeds from any compulsory student services and amenities fee.

La Trobe's main consultation methods are approved by the University Council:

  • SSAF annual survey
  • The Student Services Advisory Group (SSAG)
  • SSAF email and Feedback form accessed through the SSAF web pages

2018 SSAF Survey

Thank you to all students who participated in the annual SSAF Survey for your feedback. The survey results are currently being compiled and will be published and distributed once available.

Consultation Overview

La Trobe will consult with you and other democratically elected student representatives to ensure that you have a  say in how the SSAF is allocated and spent.

The consultation process will include formal meetings with students via the Student Services Advisory Group (SSAG) where elected student representatives from different La Trobe University campuses and student bodies, together with university nominees, make recommendations to senior management on the most appropriate allocation of funds.

La Trobe gain information from the wider student community through feedback received via the SSAF survey for students, this survey is distributed  at all campuses to seek student views and feedback in identifying and determining priorities for the allocation of SSAF funds.

Below is an indicative outline of the student consultation process:

Consultation Timeline

Date

Forum

November - December

Annual SSAF allocations approved by VP Admin.

January

Release 2017 Student Consultation Report and SSAF Survey Findings

February

Initiate 2018 Student Consultation Planning.
Release 2017 Student Consultation Report and SSAF Survey Findings.
Release 2017 Report to Council.

March

Hold first Student Services Advisory Group (SSAG) meeting.
Seek approval from SSAG members and VP Admin on proposed consultation strategy.
Finalise 2018 Consultation strategy and the 2017 Consultation report and submit to University Council for approval.

May

Release Student census survey to the SSAF paying student body

June - July

Hold SSAG meeting to discuss strategic direction.
Circulate student census survey results to SSAG members.

September

Meet with Student Organisations to discuss 2019 budget planning

NovemberReview draft proposed budget allocations for 2019.
DecemberHold final SSAG meeting to finalise 2019 SSAF budget allocations.
Seek VP Admin approval of 2019 proposed SSAF budget.

Reporting