STUDENT SERVICES AND AMMENATIES FEE

What is SSAF?

It is a fee that universities can charge students for non-academic student services and facilities. Universities can only spend the fee on specific services and amenities such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, childcare, financial advice and food services. If you are a full-time student in 2022, your provider can not charge you more than $315 for the year. Universities can charge this proportionally to their student load (eg. A part time student would pay less than a full time). Both on-campus and online students can be charged the fee as services can be available to all students, for example career advice.


SSAF cannot be put on students HECS-HELP loans, however, eligible students can apply for the fee to be added to a SA-HELP loan. This is similar to the HECS-HELP loan where it does not accrue interest, it is only indexed each year and you automatically start paying it once you start to earn above a pay threshold of $47,014 in 2021. You only need to apply for this once per course before the census date, should you change your course or university you will have to reapply. Eligibility for the SA-HELP loan is as follows: 
o    an Australian citizen 
o    OR a permanent humanitarian visa holder resident (or eligible former) 
o    OR an eligible New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder
o    have a tax file number (TFN) or have applied for one
o    have submitted a valid SA-HELP application form (also known as an eCAF) to your provider
o    have read the 2022 SA-HELP information booklet.

What can SSAF do for you?

There isn’t much you can’t do with SSAF!

 

Have a look below for some of the great initiatives we could implement with your help!

  • providing food or drink to students on a campus

  • supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students

  • supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students

  • caring for children of students

  • providing legal services to students

  • promoting the health or welfare of students

  • advocating students' interests in matters arising under the university’s rules

  • giving students information to help them in their orientation and

  • helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment.

  • 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

  • supporting 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 higher education provider's rules (however described)

Frequently Asked Questions

1.    How much is SSAF?


In 2022 SSAF can be charged to full-time students up to $315 per annum. However, it can be charged proportionally to your time on campus. So that means part-timers, online and HDR students would pay a reduced fee! Not to mention the benefits you get greatly outweigh the cost!


2.     Can I put it on my HECS?


You can't put it on HECS but you can put it on a SA-HELP loan instead which operates similar to the HECS system. All you have to do is apply once during your degree and you're all set up!


3.    Who is eligible for a SA-HELP loan?


Most students are! Eligibility is as follows:
o    an Australian citizen 
o    OR a permanent humanitarian visa holder resident (or eligible former) 
o    OR an eligible New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder
o    have a tax file number (TFN) or have applied for one
o    have submitted a valid SA-HELP application form (also known as an eCAF) to your provider
o    have read the 2022 SA-HELP information booklet.

4.    Is it really worth it? 


SSAF is designed to give back to students more than what you put in. Take free legal or financial services for example. These types of services often cost between $100-$200 per session, if you just had 2 appointments through out the year you would have already made back you money! That’s not including all the other services SSAF could provide through out the year such as free food, discounted event tickets, financial support for practicum students, welfare packages etc!

5.    Do students have a say in how fee revenue is spent?


Yes. Under the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines (Representation Guidelines), universities are required to have a formal process of consultation with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations at the university regarding the specific uses of proceeds from any compulsory student services and amenities fee.
These consultations must include:
o    publishing identified priorities for proposed fee expenditure and allowing opportunities to comment on those priorities by students and student associations and organisations; and
o    meeting with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations at the university to consider the priorities for use of fee revenue.
 

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