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.

Exemptions

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

  • Master of Management (Tsinghua program)
  • 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 students
  • students enrolled in 100 percent online programs

Amount

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.

2016 fee

  • $290 for full-time students
  • $145.00 for part-time students

Example scenario 1

If Mary enrols in 24 units in first semester 2016 she will be required to pay $145.00. If she then enrols in 24 units in second semester she will be required to pay another $145.00. This totals $290.00 for the year.

Example scenario 2

If Mary enrols in 6 units in summer session 2016 she would be required to pay $72.50 because she is part-time. If she then enrolled in 18 units in first semester 2016 Mary would be required to pay another $72.50 making a total of $145.00 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 2016 she would be required to pay $72.50. If she then enrolled in 6 units in first semester 2016 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 $72.50 because she would now be considered to be full-time.

Student Services Amenities Fee - Proposed allocation of funds in 2016

All students are invited to comment on proposed allocations of SSAF funds for 2016, shown in the table below.  The allocations are shown by student association and by allowable expenditure category, as prescribed by Commonwealth legislation.

Approximately $4.891m in SSAF Funds are available for allocation in 2016.

The 'top slice' funds have been taken to provide the following:

  • A coordinator for a proposed award to recognise student co-curricular engagement;
  • A Griffin Hall Community Coordinator;
  • Health and Wellbeing communications;
  • A coordinator of clinical trainees in the Counselling Centre;
  • Learning Communities;
  • A mental health adviser;
  • Orientation week;
  • Student leadership festival/ Induction;
  • Promoting student research culture;
  • Governance training for student associations; and
  • The Student Extracurricular Enrichment Fund (SEEF: http://parsa.anu.edu.au/seef/); and Grant and Affiliations Committee (GAC: http://anusa.orgsync.com/GAC/).

An amount of $500,000 has been set aside for capital works projects, with projects to be considered in the first half of 2016.

While the University has determined the allocations based on these splits across categories, each student body may choose to reallocate funding across categories provided the expenditure complies with the legislative requirements and the conditions of the funding agreement with the University.

Comments on the proposed budget should be received by close of business, Monday 7 December 2016 and can be sent to pvc.se@anu.edu.au

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

ANUSA: http://www.anusa.com.au/your-anusa/financial-reports/

PARSA: http://parsa.anu.edu.au/resources/continuous-improvement/

Student Media: http://www.woroni.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/SSAF-Submission-2016.pdf

ANU Sport: http://www.anu-sport.com.au/about-us/student-services-amenities-fee

Service/amenity category

ANUSA ($)

PARSA ($)

ANUSM ($)

ANU Sport ($)

Top Slice ($)

SEEF ($)

GAC  ($) Capital works ($)

Total ($)

Providing food or drink to students 54,354 53,600     23,893       131,847
Supporting a sporting or recreational activity 127,040 24,900   535,000 63,030       749,970
Supporting the administration of a club whose members are students 317,581 430,116 48,637   20,000       816,334
Caring for the children of students 3,333               3,333
Providing Legal services to students 19,421 48,000             67,421
Promoting the health or welfare of students 127,426 179,700     237,033       544,159
Helping students secure accommodation 84,327 6,400             90,727
Helping students obtain employment or advice on careers 76,375 17,000     23,893       117,268
Helping students with their financial affairs 73,216 15,000             88,216
Helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents 16,321               16,321
Supporting debating by students 10,618 17,690 5,000           33,308
Providing libraries and reading rooms for students 9,432 9,900             19,332
Supporting an artistic activity by students 58,534 2,500 1,008   15,110       77,152
Supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students 94,277 137,865 132,876           365,018
Helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled 97,537 104,300 2,961   32,610       237,408
Advising on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules 79,348               79,348
Advocating students' interests in matters arising under the higher education providers' rules 81,348 30,910 5,000           117,258
Giving students information to help them in their orientation 116,342 75,590     18,000       209,932
Helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment 127,092 49,000             176,092
                  3,940,444
            250,000 200,000 500,000 950,000
Total 2016 allocation 1,573,922 1,202,471 195,482 535,000 433,569 250,000 200,000 500,000 4,890,444