University foots the bill for VSU

Southern Cross University will spend more than $300,000 a year to maintain student services in the wake of the federal governments voluntary student union (VSU) legislation.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Clark said the University was committed to providing ongoing amenities, services and facilities and maintaining the student experience.

This funding will ensure that essential student services are maintained, he said.

Voluntary student unionism came into effect on July 1. It means it is not compulsory for students to pay student association fees that previously funded campus sports and recreation, welfare and other services.

The university is in the process of outsourcing a number of commercial services such as the gym, bar, food outlets and shops. A call for expressions of interest was advertised publicly and there are now agreements in place for most on-campus services. The provision of some commercial services is yet to be finalised, however, the university hopes to have all contracts signed within a few weeks.

Negotiations are currently taking place with the Student Representative Council (SRC) to provide non-commercial services to students.S

ervices include counselling, the evening campus safety bus, orientation activities, international student activities and students rights to have a say in the running of the university.

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