The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is used to maintain and enhance non-academic services and amenities that improve student experience and support a wide range of student needs. The fee provides funding for services and amenities such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice and food services, as well as independent student representation structures.
Please note: It is not compulsory for students to join any university based student organisations, and fee revenue cannot be used to support a political party.
SSAF is calculated and charged progressively for each semester, and is based on the student's enrolment within a calendar year.
2016 schedule of fees
The maximum amount charged to any student enrolled in 2016 is $290, which may equate to less depending on the study mode and study load. The following fee structure applies to higher education students:
Study load within a calendar year (EFTSL)
|On-campus / Flexible delivery|
Less than 0.125
|0.125 to less than 0.250||$145|
|0.250 to less than 0.750||$217|
|0.750 and above||$290|
|Less than 0.125||$0|
|0.125 and above||$105|
|Provider teaching locations||$0|
|Higher Degree Research (HDR)||$0|
|Cross-institutional (SSAF paid at home institution - proof of payment required)||$0|
The online delivery rate is applicable to students whose program of enrolment has a designated delivery location of ODL (Online and Distance Learning) and where all courses (units) of enrolment in that program within a calendar year are designated as being delivered through online learning.
If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder (resident in Australia), you may choose to:
- pay the full SSAF amount up-front
- pay some of the SSAF upfront and get an SA-HELP loan for the remainder
- get an SA-HELP loan the full SSAF amount
All other students must pay the SSAF upfront by the payment due date on their invoice.
The SSAF amount and due date appears on your SSAF online invoice which can be viewed and printed from your my Student Centre. Please see fee payment dates for further information.
Eligible students can request assistance from the Commonwealth to defer the fee payment through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) known as SA-HELP. To be eligible for SA-HELP, you must meet all of the following conditions:
- be an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder, resident in Australia
- be enrolled in a course of study (including bridging study for overseas-trained professionals or enabling course)
- meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements, and
- complete, sign and submit a Request for SA-HELP assistance form by the date as determined by the University
What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee?
It is a fee that higher education providers can charge their students for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature.
What can the Student Services and Amenities Fee 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.
What can't the Student Services and Amenities Fee funding be spent on?
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.
Will students be required to pay the fee even if they do not 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.
What happens if students can't afford to pay the SSAF upfront?
Eligible students who do not wish to pay the fee upfront to the University can request assistance from the Commonwealth and defer the fee through a new element of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) known as SA-HELP.
Eligible students may choose to pay some of the fee upfront and obtain a SA-HELP loan for the remainder or obtain a loan for the full amount of the fee.
The amount of the loan will be added to the student's accumulated HELP debt. An eligible student will be able to take out a SA-HELP loan even if they do not wish to take out any other HELP loan.
Additional frequently asked questions about the Student Services and Amenities Fee can be found on the Study Assist website.