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How the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is used

The student services and amenities funding helps to improve everyone鈥檚 student experience at 新彩开奖. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

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To get the most out of university life, discover some of the services the SSAF contributes to including:

How much is the SSAF?

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) differs per student. Your SSAF is a pro-rata fee calculated based on a number of factors including your course load, and what mode of study you are undertaking. In 2023, the maximum charge for SSAF was A$326. The Department of Education has advised the maximum annual charge for SSAF in 2024 is A$351.

Your SSAF fee is due on the Census Date of each study period in which you are enrolled.

Calculating your SSAF  

Most students are required to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This includes all students who are enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate and UniLink courses. From 1 January 2024, Vocational Education students studying at Diploma level or above will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Vocational Education students studying at Certificate IV level or below will be exempt from contributing to the Student Services and Amenities fee.

Some students are exempt from paying the SSAF. This includes students enrolled in the following courses or programs:  

  • vocational education courses (Cert IV courses and below)
  • international students in Australia studying at 新彩开奖 Sydney
  • international students living overseas
  • international students who commenced their qualification before 1 January 2024, or accepted an offer or received a full offer to commence at 新彩开奖 in 2024 letter prior to 17 August 2023
  • Astronomy Online 
  • exchange (outbound and inbound) 
  • Study Abroad (outbound and inbound) 
  • cross-institutional (inbound) 
  • Open Universities Australia (OUA) 鈥 single subject enrolment in a non-award course 
  • online taught by Industry Partner 
  • off-campus taught by Industry Partner 
  • domestic PhD and Masters by Research 
  • Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)
  • humanitarian visa holders 
  • 新彩开奖 Edge.

How the fee is calculated

Your SSAF is a pro-rata fee calculated based on your course load (number of credit points that you鈥檙e enrolled in). Fees are based per course type, whether you are a full-time or part-time student (enrolled in <75 per cent of a full-time load for the year), what mode of study you are undertaking (such as online, Professional Placement, etc.).

In 2023, SSAF will be calculated up to a maximum of A$326 per year and the charge per credit point for Higher Education students is A$3.904.

In 2024, SSAF will be calculated up to a maximum of A$351 per year and the charge per credit point for Higher Education students will be A$4.208. For Vocational Education students, a breakdown of your SSAF calculation will be provided in your statement of account.

Fee calculations by course type

The following tables summarise the fees that apply for standard and non-standard scenarios. Fees are based per course type, whether you are a full-time or part-time student (enrolled in <75 per cent of a full-time load for the year) and what mode of study you are undertaking (such as online, Professional Placement, etc.). 

2023 standard higher education scenarios
Table 2. 2023 standard higher education scenarios
Type of student Charge per credit point Maximum fee
Associate degree A$3.904 A$326
Local undergraduate A$3.904 A$326
Local postgraduate A$3.904 A$326
National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) A$3.904 A$326
Staff A$3.904 A$326
Cross-institutional (outbound) A$3.904 A$326
Scholarship recipients
e.g. VC Scholarships, Dean Scholarships, external Scholarships, sponsored students (local)
A$3.904 A$326
Domestic Pathway (UniLink) A$3.904 A$326
Open Universities Australia (OUA) 鈥 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) A$3.904 A$326
2024 standard higher education scenarios 
Table 3. 2024 standard higher education scenarios
Type of student Charge per credit point Maximum fee
Associate degree A$4.208 A$351
Local undergraduate A$4.208 A$351
Local postgraduate A$4.208 A$351
National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) A$4.208 A$351
Staff A$4.208 A$351
Cross-institutional (outbound) A$4.208 A$351
Scholarship recipients
e.g. VC Scholarships, Dean Scholarships, external Scholarships, sponsored students (local)
A$4.208 A$351
Domestic Pathway (UniLink) A$4.208 A$351
Open Universities Australia (OUA) 鈥 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) A$4.208 A$351
2023 non-standard higher education scenarios
Table 4. 2023 non-standard higher education scenarios
Type of student Rule

Mix of on-campus and online study

Example: 2 x on-campus units and 5 x online units = 7 units
12.5 credit points x 7 units聽 = 87.5 credit points x A$3.904 = $326 maximum fee

or

3 x on-campus units and 3 x online units
12.5 credit points x 6 units聽 = 75 credit points x A$3.904 = A$292.80

SSAF charged per credit point up to A$326 maximum fee
Single course load is an overload i.e. > 1 FTE SSAF charge of A$326 maximum fee
Any combination of part-time and full-time load that exceeds > 1 FTE SSAF charged against full-time units only at $326 maximum fee

Part-time study

Students studying fewer than 75 credit points in one year

SSAF charge capped at $244 for part-time study

Students studying on a part-time basis cannot be charged more than 75 per cent of the maximum fee

2024 non-standard higher education scenarios
Table 5. 2024 non-standard higher education scenarios
Type of student Rule

Mix of on-campus and online study

Example: 2 x on-campus units and 5 x online units = 7 units
12.5 credit points x 7 units  = 87.5 credit points x A$4.208 = $351 maximum fee

or

3 x on-campus units and 3 x online units
12.5 credit points x 6 units  = 75 credit points x A$4.208 = A$315.60

SSAF charged per credit point up to A$351 maximum fee
Single course load is an overload i.e. > 1 FTE SSAF charge of A$351 maximum fee
Any combination of part-time and full-time load that exceeds > 1 FTE SSAF charged against full-time units only at $351 maximum fee

Part-time study

Students studying fewer than 75 credit points in one year

SSAF charge capped at $263 for part-time study

Students studying on a part-time basis cannot be charged more than 75 per cent of the maximum fee

International tuition fees are generally inclusive of the Student Services and Amenities charge, and are included within your annual tuition fee listed.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. The SSAF payable will vary slightly based on course type, whether you are a full-time or part-time student (enrolled in <75 per cent of a full-time load for the year) and what mode of study you are undertaking (such as online, on-campus etc.).

This fee will be calculated up to the maximum charge (in 2023 this was A$326 per year, in 2024 this will be A$351), and the breakdown of the calculation will be included on your Statement of Account.

Please note that the VET Student Loan and SA-HELP does not cover SSAF. You must pay your SSAF in full by the date on your Statement of Account.

How and when do I pay my SSAF fee?

Some students may be eligible to defer payment of the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) using a government SA-HELP loan. Learn more about SA-HELP loans.

You need to pay your SSAF fee by the census date of each study period in which you are enrolled. You can find the census for all study periods on our Academic calendar. For SSAF payment options for local students refer here.鈥

What can the SSAF be spent on? 

The federal government states that universities must only use the SSAF funds for specific services. Find out what .

An overview of services that the SSAF can be spent on includes:  

  • providing food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider 
  • supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students 
  • supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students 
  • providing legal services to students 
  • promoting the health or welfare of students 
  • helping students obtain employment or advice on careers. 


What can't the SSAF funding be spent on? 

The fee cannot be used for the provision of academic services, nor can it be used to support political parties or the election of a person to a Commonwealth, State, Territory Parliament or Local Government body. 

SSAF Allocations

View past and present SSAF allocations.

Want to know more about the 2023 SSAF allocation process?

Read our 2023 Student Services and Amenities fee allocation process and review student consultations, expectations and priorities for expenditure in 2023.

Find out more