24 March 2014

Clubs Carnival this Wednesday 26th March

The Education Officers of the SRC have organised a Clubs Carnival as part of the various activities planned for the National Day of Action this Wednesday 26th March.

The event will feature Clubs & Societies, SRC collectives and students from all different corners of the university community coming together to defend our education, student life and the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

The Union Board of Directors are constitutionally bound to support Universal Student Unionism and while this is no longer in place post-Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) being introduced, we actively engage with discussions and campaigns that involve the SSAF. The Union is one of the many student organisations at the University of Sydney that receives money from the SSAF, which has assisted us in extending the events and programs we offer to students. Which includes events like Interfaith Week, also happening this week. This year the Union has produced a booklet detailing what the SSAF is and where it goes, you can find a digital copy by clicking here.

The SSAF is misunderstood, just as Compulsory Student Unionism was before it. This form of government funding allows student organisations to engage with all students, not just a select few. Many student organisations have faced difficult times since 2006 when the Federal Government introduced VSU legislation, with many making cuts to their programs and in some cases dissolving. Student organisations at the University of Sydney have been lucky, but if the SSAF is repealed, our luck might just run out.

For more information about the Clubs Carnival or if you wish to get involved, contact either myself, Eleanor Morley or Ridah Hassan for further information.

Robby Magyar
Board Director

Contact details:

Robby – r.magyar@usu.usyd.edu.au
Eleanor and Ridah - education.officers@src.usyd.edu.au

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