Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

What is SSAF?

Higher education providers can charge students this fee to maintain and enhance non-academic services and amenities that improve the university experience and support a wide range of student needs. It provides funding for things such as sporting and recreational activities, health and wellbeing services, employment and career advice as well as independent student representation structures. You can find more detailed information on the Department of Education and Training website.

How much will I pay?

The yearly fee is calculated and charged progressively for each semester, and is based on your enrolled load within a calendar year. The maximum amount charged to any student enrolled in 2018 is $298 and may be less depending on your program study mode and enrolled load. The following fee structure applies to Commonwealth Supported Place and Domestic Fee Paying higher education students.

2018 SSAF Schedule
Equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) within a calendar year
Amount
On-campus / Flexible delivery
0.125 EFTSL to less than 0.250 EFTSL
$149
0.250 EFTSL to less than 0.750 EFTSL $221
0.750 EFTSL and above $298
Online delivery*
0.125 EFTSL and above
$109
Others
Partner Provider teaching locations
International fee-paying
Higher Degree Research (HDR)
Cross-institutional (SSAF paid at home institution - proof of payment required)
$0

Your SSAF charge is calculated based on your program campus not individual classes. The online delivery rate is only applicable to students who are enrolled with a program campus of Online Learning (ODL).

What are my payment options?

If you are eligible for Commonwealth assistance you can defer your SSAF udent Services and Amenities Fee to an SA-HELP loan. All other students must pay their SSAF upfront each semester by the invoice due date. Your SSAF charges and due dates will appear on your online invoice. Please visit our invoice and fee payment dates pages for further information.

What is SA‑HELP?

Eligible students who do not wish to pay their SSAF upfront can request assistance from the Government, and defer the fee through an element of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) known as SA-HELP. For further information on eligibility and how to apply please visit our SA-HELP page.

What can SSAF funding be spent on?

Universities that charge a student services and amenities fee will only be able to spend the fee on the provision of the following services:

  • Providing food or drink to students on a campus of the University
  • Supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by student
  • Supporting the administration of a club whose members are mostly students
  • Caring for children of students
  • Providing legal services to students
  • Promoting health or welfare of students
  • Helping students secure accommodation
  • Helping students obtain employment or advice on careers
  • Helping students with their financial affairs
  • Helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents
  • Support debating by students
  • Providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students
  • Supporting an artistic activity by students
  • Supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students
  • Helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled
  • Advising on matters arising under the University's rules (however described)
  • Advocating students' interests in matters arising under the University's rules (however described)
  • Giving students information to help them in their orientation
  • Helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment
  • Universities can choose to deliver the services and amenities themselves or contract a third party to deliver the services and amenities on their behalf.

SSAF funding cannot be used for the provision of academic services, or used to support political parties or the election of a person to a Commonwealth, State or Territory Parliament or local Government body.

For a detailed report of SSAF expenditure for 2017 and Budget for 2018 please see the SSAF Report and Budget 2018 (PDF, 117.87 KB).

FAQs

Am I required to pay SSAF even if I don't intend to use any of the services and amenities?

Yes. A provider can charge a student the Student Services and Amenities Fee regardless of whether the student intends to use any of the services and amenities provided.