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Student representation

Learn about the student organisations looking out for you

We have more than 50,000 students from over 145 countries and a broad cross-section of social, political and religious backgrounds, so it’s important that everyone has their interests represented.

Undergraduate students

The Students' Representative Council (SRC) is a student-run body that represents the rights and interests of 32,000 undergraduates.

At no cost to you, the SRC provides Caseworker Help for students dealing with academic appeals; Centrelink; rental tenancy issues; harassment, discrimination and employment issues.

The SRC runs political and social justice collectives, including groups for students with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ), international, mature-age and female-identifying students.

You can also buy or sell second-hand textbooks through the SRC, and read its weekly student newspaper, Honi Soit.

Postgraduate students

The Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) looks out for postgraduates undertaking coursework and research.

Whether you’re tackling a solo research project or completing a coursework degree, postgraduate students are all encouraged to tap into the wealth of social and leadership opportunities available through SUPRA.

The association gives independent advocacy and advice about everything related to your academic and general welfare. It is the voice of postgraduates both within and beyond the University.

Regular social and academic events such as wine and cheese nights, campus barbeques and end-of-year parties are just some of the things you can access – and that’s without becoming a member.

SUPRA also publishes a number of student communications including eGrad, the weekly email bulletin, an annual postgraduate Survival Guide and a Thesis Guide. These can be accessed on the SUPRA website.

University of Sydney Union

For only $75 per year, the USU’s ACCESS card will give you access to more than 200 student clubs and societies and discounts at most food and drink outlets on campus.

By joining clubs and societies, you can connect with other students and get more out of university life. The clubs and societies are student run, which means you can develop your leadership and professional skills by taking on executive roles. The USU also offers student leadership volunteering opportunities to help you gain the kind of skills employers are looking for.

As a not-for-profit organisation with more than 16,000 members, the USU reinvests its profits into developing best-in-class services and programs for students.

SSAF allocation, 2016

In 2016, the allocation of the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) proceeds was once again wholly contestable with student organisations and Student Support Services collaborating and submitting consensus funding applications based on the following published SSAF Funding Priority Principles:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Efficiency
  3. Demand driven
  4. Outcomes focused

The following graphs show the total allocation of the SSAF across the student organisations and services.

SRC $1,689,174
SUPRA $1,375,000
CSG $780,000
SUSF $4,268,232
USU $3,600,000
Student Support Services $287,594
Capital Sinking Fund $2,000,000
Total $14,000,000