Celebrating over 50 years of advocacy and action.
#What We’ve Achieved
First Representative Council of the Students’ Association elected - we’re older than the university!
A women’s only room and Women’s Officer is established.
Inadequate resources prompt a library occupation.
University management’s decision to spend $2,000,000 on the Vice Chancellor’s new home sparks an occupation of the UTS administration.
A demand for student accommodation was met by the creation of a seeding grant of $500,000. Later, this became student housing.
The UTSSA publishes a drug harm minimisation usage booklet; university allows police to raid the Students’ Association offices. No charges were laid and local council and other organisations now regularly publish similar publications.
The UTSSA funds the establishment of UTS’ Community Legal Centre.
The Australian tertiary sector despairs when the newly-elected Coalition Government inititates gargantuan funding cuts and increased HECS fees. This also led to 25% of the student body being allowed to enter university through reduced entrance scores if they were willing to pay full fees up front.
A $30 library fine amnesty is won by campaigns run through the SA.
Increased computer facilities won by campaigns run by the SA.
The then Vice Chancellor’s homophobic comments lead to an occupation, which attracted extensive media coverage.
The Students’ Association wins a new shuttle bus service between the Tower, Markets and Kuring-gai campuses.
Massive anti-war rallies organised through the UTSSA.
Capsicum spray used at a peaceful protest at UTS. The protest was against a 25% increase to HECS fees.
UTS introduces full-fee places for undergraduates, ignoring student and community submissions, lobbying and protest.
The largest student demonstrations in years in opposition of the Coalition Government’s Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) legislation. Despite dissent, the legislation is passed after the government gain control of the senate.
Anti-racism snap rally organised in response to Cronulla Riots, over 8,000 people turn up with less than a week’s notice.
Students fight radical workplace relations reforms that undermine the rights of millions of workers.
VSU hits student organisations and shuts down services on campuses across the country.
The UTSSA successfully lobbies Rudd Goverment to put through real reform on Youth Allowance, campaigned for a Student Services and Amenities Fee and to abolish full-fee paying places.
UTSSA representatives win the return of hard-copy course readers for FASS students. 2010 - The UTSSA successfully lobbies the university for 3-day laptop loans.
The UTSSA secures changes to academic misconduct rules, making them more student friendly. 2010 - The UTSSA successfully lobbied to secure 750 new housing spots at 20% less than market rate.
The UTSSA successfully lobbied the University to increase its use of renewable energies.
The UTSSA secures 24-hour library at Broadway campus as part of UTS Campus Master Plan.
The UTSSA works with UTS to establish Student Representative Network (SRN) to provide training and support to UTS student representatives on University Boards and Committees.
The UTSSA introduces the Bluebird Brekkie Bar, a free weekly pop-up breakfast café for students (which later wins two prestigious international awards for student-run sustainability initiatives).
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) legislation is passed and UTSSA secures funding for essential projects, including expansion of existing services.
The UTSSA works with the IT Department to run the ‘Where’s Wireless’ campaign. This campaign leads to the installation of 382 new wireless access points at the Broadway campus.
In response to attacks on students nearby UTS Housing, the UTSSA organises a forum to raise student concerns about safety in and around Housing, prompting increased security measures to protect students.
The UTSSA also works with students at the UTS Kuring-Gai campus to address the lack of resources in the Kuring-gai library.
Students across the country took to the streets to protest the Liberal Government's proposed $100,000 degrees and fee deregulation. Mass student protest led to the senate voting against the government fee deregulation proposal.
Following the success and popularity of Bluebird Brekkie Bar, the Students’ Association launches the first sustainable pop-up noodle bar Night Owl.
Mass student protest following the Change the Course report by the Australian Human Rights Commission into the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment at Australian Universities.
The UTSSA introduces the summer@Bluebird, with a Student Advocacy drop-in service every Tuesday and Thursday in the summer session.
The UTSSA continues to run a advocacy drop-in every Tuesday, 10am- 2pm.