Student Representation

At SAE we value student feedback and participation in academic and campus matters. As a student you have the opportunity to be involved in the governance of SAE at a local and national level, through your campus Student Council (SC) and the National Student-Staff Committee (NSSC).

You can find out more about these vital student forums below. We send messages directly to all students about upcoming student representative meetings and activities, and everyone is welcome to attend.
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Student Council The Student Council (SC) represents the voice of students and supports student life on campus, providing opportunities for members to develop leadership, consultation, teamwork, and event management skills, and contribute to a vibrant and inclusive campus culture. Each SAE campus has a local Student Council, comprised of eligible students, elected by their peers in an annual election. Committee members serve a one-year term. Student Council members are an important part of SAE’s operations, and collaborate with staff and students to plan and participate in events, activities, clubs and campaigns of interest to the student community.
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Student-Staff Consultative Committee Student Council members attend the Student-Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC) meeting every trimester in Week 7 and are supported by the Student Experience Manager (or delegate where there is no SEM), in collaboration with Student Support Advisers and the Campus Manager. The SSCC reports to the National Student-Staff Committee (NSSC) on relevant matters, including any discussions relating to the Student Services and Amenities Fee.
National Student-Staff Committee

The National Student-Staff Committee (NSSC) is a sub-committee of SAE’s Academic Board.

Chaired by the Director of Student Experience, the NSSC is comprised of elected representatives, SAE Academic Board student members and SAE staff. NSSC representatives must also be members of their campus Student Council, and comprise at least one undergraduate, one postgraduate and one international student.

The NSSC represents the student voice and collaborates on Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) initiatives and activities, as well as other significant aspects of the student experience. It reports directly to the Academic Board about services and amenities that SSAF revenue funds.

NSSC Representatives will have the opportunity to develop leadership, consultation and teamwork skills; contribute to identifying and providing feedback about SSAF priorities and activities at SAE; and seek and provide feedback from students about relevant SAE services, programs and policies.

NSSC representatives attend a meeting every trimester.

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Student members of the Academic Board

Student members of the Academic Board contribute a student perspective to important institutional decision-making processes. Students are invited to apply to become full voting members of the SAE Academic Board based on their academic and financial standing, and participation at SAE.

The Academic Board approves updates to the curriculum and oversees the quality of learning and teaching at SAE. Student members provide reports to Staff-Student Consultative Committees and seek advice from students on matters related to the Academic Board.

Students selected for this role remain a voting member of the Board for two years, pending ongoing commitment to excellence in their studies and ongoing participation in meeting the requirements of the role. Current student members to the Academic Board are Ms Alannah Rosenbrock and Mr Conrad Nicotra. Student members apply when vacant positions are advertised and are selected by a student panel.

Frequently asked questions

Find out more information about the Student Council and the National Student-Staff Committee.
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Each SAE campus has an elected Student Council (SC), representing the student body on a range of matters, including events, activities, services and student experience.

There is also a single National Student-Staff Committee (NSSC), which is a sub-committee of SAE’s Academic Board. Elected representatives are made up of SC members who contribute to national decision making, such as Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) priorities and activities; and seek and provide feedback from students about relevant SAE services, programs and policies.

SAE’s Academic Board also has two student members who contribute a student perspective to important institutional decision-making processes. These roles are filled when they become vacant (usually every two years) and the representatives are selected by a student panel.

If you are interested in nominating for membership of the National Student Consultative Committee and/or your local Student Council you will be asked to nominate in Week 4. Nominations will be vetted for eligibility and must include a 150-200 word statement supporting your nomination.

The Student Council meets face-to-face on campus three times per year (once per trimester, in Week 7). Special meetings may be called when deemed appropriate by the Academic Board, Dean, or Chair of the Student Council.
The National Student-Staff Committee also meets once each trimester and members will be notified. These meetings are held online.

To be eligible for the National Student-Staff Committee you must be elected to your local Student Council via the annual election process.

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Find your local student services team at the link below. Or contact your local campus.