Services & amenities fee

On 11 October 2011, the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing universities and other higher education providers to charge a fee for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature. This fee is known as the student services and amenities fee (SSAF).

The fee may be spent by higher education providers on items such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, childcare, financial advice and food services from 2012.

All student cohorts must pay the SSAF, though in some instances a government funded loan scheme, called SA-HELP, will be available, enabling eligible students to defer payment. Students paying the SA fee up-front must pay by the standard tuition fee payment deadlines.

For the purposes of the services and amenities fee, the academic year is divided into two halves.

  • First half of the year includes summer session, first semester and autumn session.
  • Second half of the year includes winter session, second semester and Spring session.


The following programs and students are exempt from paying the SSAF:

  • Students enrolled in transnational offshore programs;
  • inbound exchange students;
  • higher degree research students who submit within January for first semester and July for second semester;
  • higher degree research students who are on an extension of program after completing four years and are offshore;
  • all cross-institutional inbound students;
  • students enrolled the Bachelor of Studies with concurrent full-time enrolment at a secondary school or secondary college.


The SSAF amount students are required to pay depends on their study load.

  • Full-time is equal to 18 units or greater in a half-year period.
  • Part-time is equal to less than 18 units in a half-year period.

2017 fee

  • $294 for full-time students
  • $147.00 for part-time students

Example scenario 1

If Mary enrols in 24 units in first semester 2017 she will be required to pay $147.00. If she then enrols in 24 units in second semester she will be required to pay another $147.00. This totals $294.00 for the year.

Example scenario 2

If Mary enrols in 6 units in summer session 2017 she would be required to pay $73.50 because she is part-time. If she then enrolled in 18 units in first semester 2017 Mary would be required to pay another $73.50 making a total of $147.00 for summer session and semester one combined because she is now full-time.

Example scenario 3

If Mary was to enrol in 6 units in summer session 2017 she would be required to pay $73.50. If she then enrolled in 6 units in first semester 2017 Mary would still be part-time so she wouldn't be required to pay anything further. However, if Mary was to then enrol in autumn session in 6 units she would then be required to pay another $73.50 because she would now be considered to be full-time.

Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) - Proposed 2017 Allocations

All students are invited to comment on proposed allocations of SSAF funds for 2017, shown in the table below.  The allocations are shown by student association and by allowable expenditure category, as prescribed by Commonwealth legislation.

Approximately $5.163m in SSAF Funds are available for allocation in 2017.

An amount of $400,000 has been set aside for capital works projects, with projects to be considered in the first half of 2017.

The University has not allocated SSAF funds to enable alcoholic beverages to be supplied free of charge or subsidised in any way.

Comments on the proposed budget should be received by close of business, Monday 28 November 2016 and can be sent to

Further information on the budgets of the student associations can be found at the following websites:



Student Media:

ANU Sport:

The funds provided to the Division of Student Life will provide the following:

  • A coordinator for ANU+, an award to recognise student co-curricular engagement;
  • Non-residential Hall Co-ordinator to support Griffin Hall and expand the non-residential hall experience;
  • Health and Wellbeing communications;
  • A coordinator of clinical trainees in the Counselling Centre;
  • Learning Communities;
  • A mental health adviser;
  • Orientation and transition for international students;
  • Promoting student research culture;
  • Support for LGTBIQ* students and student Allies; and
  • Career Voyage, a web-based career planning tool.

Service/amenity category




ANU Sport ($)

Division of Student Life ($)

SEEF ($)

GAC  ($) Capital works ($)

Total ($)

Providing food or drink to students   55,210 108,076       13,667         176,953
Supporting a sporting or recreational activity 137,972 104,778   585,202           827,952
Supporting the administration of a club whose members are students 327,921 797,090       50,000       1,175,011
Caring for the children of students     2,500   14,257                 16,757
Providing Legal services to students   19,435        222                 19,657
Promoting the health or welfare of students 134,890    52,390     314,891         502,171
Helping students secure accommodation   92,072     1,899                 93,961
Helping students obtain employment or advice on careers   88,418   13,388       27,367         129,173
Helping students with their financial affairs   80,405     5,223                 85,628
Helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents   14,735                   14,735
Supporting debating by students     8,547      2,000                 10,547
Providing libraries and reading rooms for students    15,000     10,000                 25,000
Supporting an artistic activity by students    56,492       8,600                 65,092
Supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students    93,774     49,583 202,467             345,824
Helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled   111,801     80,779       95,120         287,700
Advising on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules     87,608     15,168               102,776
Advocating students' interests in matters arising under the higher education providers' rules     89,341     15,165               104,506
Giving students information to help them in their orientation    128,690     28,008       13,667         170,365
Helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment    136,724     32,391       39,667         208,782
            250,000 150,000 400,000 800,000
Total 2017 allocation 1,681,535 1,339,006 202,467 585,202  554,379 250,000 150,000 400,000 5,162,589