Student Services and Amenities Fee

What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee?

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is charged to students for services and amenities of a non-academic nature, such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice and food services.

Australian universities introduced the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) in 2012, after the Australian Government passed legislation in October 2011 for SSAF collections to occur. SSAF is administered in accordance with the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Act 2011, Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines and the Higher Education Support Act 2003 Administration Guidelines 2012.

Further information about SSAF can be obtained from the Australian Government Department of Education.

What is the fee used for?

SSAF funds can be used for a number of non-academic and non-political purposes to increase the quality and quantity of services and amenities available to students at UNE. The fee is used for the provision of student services and amenities that fall within one or a number of expenditure categories for SSAF allowable expenditure as specified by legislation.

Fees collected through SSAF cannot be used to support political parties, or to support the election of a person to a Commonwealth, State or Territory Parliament or local Government body. The University may deliver the service or amenity itself or contract a third party to deliver the services and amenities on its behalf. Decisions on the expenditure of the fee are subject to a formal process of student consultation.

Do I have a say in how these funds are used?

Yes. UNE has a formal consultation process with students and their representative bodies to consider the specific uses and priorities for the allocation of student services and amenities fees. Further information about how and when you can have your say is available here. UNE encourages students to get involved and share their ideas about how SSAF can contribute to the quality of student experience at the University.

The SSAF Committee was established in 2012 to deliver expertise in the management of the fee and form part of the consultative process with students and democratically elected student representatives. The Committee is made up of a balanced membership of student representatives, UNESA and staff of the University that provide expertise in specific areas, including facilities management, student administration and services, operations and residential systems and support. The Committee is chaired by the Chief Financial Officer of UNE and reports to the University Executive.

Do I have to pay the fee?

All domestic and international On-Campus students are liable for the fee, including:

  • Domestic On-Campus Coursework Students
  • Domestic On-Campus Research Students
  • International On-Campus Students

The following students are exempt from paying the fee:

  • Students from another institution, studying under a cross-institutional arrangement
  • Off-Campus students (students that are 100% online)
How much is the fee and when do I pay?

The fee will be invoiced in two periods unless you are only enrolled in a Year-Long Teaching period in which case it is invoiced only once at the annual rate.

The fee is charged in the following periods:

  • Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 for our Coursework Students
  • Research Period 1 and Research Period 2 for our Research Students
  • Semester 1 and Semester 2 for our Joint Medical Program Students

Student Services and Amenities Fee Structure 2018

Enrolment Type

Liable for SSAF in 2018

Full-Time Fee for 2018

Part-Time Fee for 2018

Notes

Domestic On-Campus Coursework students

Yes

$298 ($149 per Trimester /Semester)

$223 ($111.50 per Trimester/Semester)

Deferral of the fee to SA-HELP is available for eligible students

Domestic On-Campus Higher Degree Research students

Yes

$223 ($111.50 per Trimester/Semester)

$167 ($83.50 per Research Period)

Deferral of the fee to SA-HELP is available for eligible students

International On-Campus students

Yes

$298 ($149 per Trimester /Semester)

$223 ($111.50 per Trimester/Semester)

SSAF is payable for each Trimester / Semester

Off-Campus students (100% online)

No

$0.00

$0.00

Exempt.

Cross-institutional students

No

$0.00

$0.00

Exempt.

Please note: Full Time study is defined as 0.375 EFTSL or more in a teaching period across all enrolled courses. On Campus is defined as a teaching period with any unit enrolment listed as On Campus. The SSAF fee rate is indexed annually as determined by the Australian Government, under legislation.

What happens if I don't pay?

Failure to either pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee or complete an SA-HELP form by the Fee Payment or Census date will result in access to the following services being suspended:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Awarding your Testamur at Graduation
Am I eligible for SA-HELP?

SA-HELP is a loan scheme that can assist eligible students by deferring student services and amenities fees through the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP). If you use SA-HELP, your fees will be added to your accumulated HELP debt. If eligible, you may be able to use SA-HELP, even if you do not have an existing HELP loan.

To be eligible for SA-HELP loan, you need to:

  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa
  • Be enrolled in a course of study with a provider
  • Meet the tax file number (TFN) requirements by giving your provider either your TFN or a Certificate of application for a tax file number from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and
  • Lodge your Request for SA-HELP assistance form by the date advised by the University.bv

To apply for SA-HELP assistance, please complete and submit the form provided in the myUNE student portal under the myEnrol Tab. The SA-HELP form must be returned by the due date for the relevant teaching period.

Further information about SA-HELP can be found at: Study Assist