Anyone who was at uni between 2004-2006 will know about VSU and the impact on services provided to students by student-run organisations (aka unions, guilds). Now there's fantastic news...
Story sourced from around about here
Government plan to charge university students compulsory fee
STUDENTS will have a say in how planned compulsory services fees are distributed, universities say.
Under the Federal Government plan, universities will be allowed to charge the fee, capped at $250 a year, from July next year to help fund sporting facilities, child care, counselling and other student services.
But voluntary student unionism, introduced by the previous Howard government, will remain in place.
Universities Australia, which represents the nation's 38 universities, says students will have input in how fees are spent.
"We think it will be very important for the universities to be able to direct the funding to what's most needed,'' Universities Australia chief executive Glenn Withers said to ABC Radio.
"The announcement also requires significant improvement in student advocacy and representation ... The two will go hand in hand.
"We don't step back from that in any way. The student voice is absolutely crucial for communication for us understanding what the students want at management levels at university.''
How does this affect ultimate? Sports associations (in some cases, particularly at smaller unis) are very likely to score some of those funds in addition to the AUS funding they get. To quote a uni admin type from earlier in the year - "the sports association just got a big sack with a dollar sign on the front full of money, and I intend to get my hands on as much of it as I can." Get yourselves some funding for equipment purchases or coaching or "elite development" (roadie to Bathurst for Stampede III).
We might even see the cost of AUG next year reduced.
A little bit.
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