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Student Services and Amenities Fee

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) was introduced for all Australian universities in January 2021 after the Federal Government passed the Student Services and Amenities Fee Legislation in October 2011.

Under this legislation, Australian universities are able to charge students for the delivery of non-academic student services and amenities, such as sporting and recreational activities, help to obtain employment and advice on careers, and services to develop skills for study.

The SSAF supports activities and initiatives that empower all students to engage and optimise their individual educational, social and cultural student experience and enrichment both online and on-campus.

When is the fee charged?

The SA fee is charged each Teaching Period based on your enrolment load and is due by the fee due date. Eligible students can defer payment of their SA fee by completing a Request for SA-Help assistance form prior to the census date.

Semester Fees due date 
 Semester 1, 2022 4 March 2022 
 Semester 2, 2022  22 July 2022
 Semester 3, 2022  25 November 2022

All students who are required to pay a student contribution or tuition fee will be charged the Student Amenities fee.

The following students are exempt from paying SSAF:

  • Research students on an RTP scholarship
  • International Partner students
  • Exchange students
  • Pathway students (Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) and English language).

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for 2022 will be charged at $39.35 per unit of enrolment up to a maximum annual amount of $315. More information is available on the Fee Schedules page.

The maximum annual Student Services and Amenities Fee charge is set by the Department of Education and is indexed each year. Further information on the Student Services and Amenities Fee is available on the Australian Government's Study Assist website.

During 2021 support was provided through SSAF funding against the following themes and included providing supports to students through a peer-to-peer service delivery tiered support model:

2021 Expenditure  $
Supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students  1,031,200
Advising students or advocating students' interests in matters arising under the provider's rules  982,400
Advocating students' interest in matters arising under the higher education providers rules  729,000
Promoting the health and welfare of students  418,800
Assisting students with their financial affairs  339,600
Helping students develop skills for study  258,500
Assisting student to obtain employment or advice on careers  130,600
Assisting Student Orientation  90,300
Total  $3,980,400


In 2022, the following support will be provided through SSAF funding:

Priorities for 2022 $
Helping students develop skills for study 970,000 
Helping students obtain employment or advice on careers 510,000
Assisting on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules 495,000 
Advocating students' interests in matters arising under the provider's rules 430,000 
Promoting the Health and Welfare of students 415,000 
Giving students information to help them in their orientation 300,000
Helping students with their financial affairs 250,000 
Supporting the administration of a club whose members are students 130,000
Total $3,500,000

Under the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines the University must consult and provide information to all students enrolled including the democratically elected student representative on the following:

  • purpose of the funding
  • the amount of anticipated SSAF funding revenue
  • mechanisms to establish priorities and the process to provide feedback on the priorities. 
Consultation Timeframe
Students, including elected student representatives, invited to review 2022 priorities and proposed 2023 allocations Oct 2022 
Feedback on proposed allocations reviewed and recommendations made to Provost and Dean (Students) Nov 2022 
Priorities and previous year's SSAF expenditure published on the website Mar 2023