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 student groups 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;
  • students enrolled in ANU courses through Open Universities Australia (OUA).

Students enrolled in following programs are exempt from paying the SSAF:

  • 3050  Bachelor of Studies
  • 5132  Graduate Non-award Legal Workshop
  • 6303  Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • 6312  Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • 6353  Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice
  • 6826  Graduate Diploma in Military Studies
  • 6827  Graduate Certificate in Military Studies
  • 6828  Graduate Diploma in Military and Defence Studies
  • 6829  Graduate Certificate in Military and Defence Studies
  • 7812 Master of Management (Tsinghua) - being taught out
  • 7448 Master of Management (Tsinghua)
  • 7826  Master of Arts (Military Studies)
  • 7827  Master of Military Studies
  • 7828  Master of Military and Defence Studies (Advanced)
  • 7829  Master of Military and Defence Studies
  • 7835  Master of Environmental Management and Development  - Online


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.

2019 fee (yearly)

  • $303.00 for full-time students
  • $151.50 for part-time students

Example scenario 1

If Mary enrols in 24 units in first semester 2019 she will be required to pay $151.50. If she then enrols in 24 units in second semester she will be required to pay another $151.50. This totals $303.00 for the year.

Example scenario 2

If Mary enrols in 6 units in summer session 2019 she would be required to pay $75.75 because she is part-time. If she then enrolled in 18 units in first semester 2019 Mary would be required to pay another $75.75 making a total of $151.50 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 2019 she would be required to pay $75.75. If she then enrolled in 6 units in first semester 2019 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 $75.75 because she would now be considered to be full-time.

Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) - Proposed 2019 Allocations

All students are invited to comment on proposed allocations of SSAF funds for 2018, shown in the table below.  The allocations are shown by student association and by allowable expenditure category, as prescribed by Commonwealth legislation. The University uses SSAF to provide student services in eligible categories, or can contract third parties to do so. (

Approximately $5.6m in SSAF Funds are available for allocation in 2019.

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

All student associations in receipt of SSAF funds must have governance structures which enable them to comply with the terms of a funding contract between the University and the association.  For further information on the University's governance and contractual requirements please email

Comments on the proposed budget should be received by close of business, Thursday 20th December 2018 and can be sent to

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



Student Media: 

ANU Observer:

ANU Sport:

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

  • Non-residential (Griffin Hall) coordinator;
  • ANU Careers Guide;
  • AccessAbility and Employability co-ordinator;
  • First Year Experience program;
  • Faces of ANU program;
  • Learning Communities;
  • International in Focus careers events;
  • Let's speak English conversation groups;
  • orientation, welfare and employability;
  • Peer writing service;
  • Writing Centre;
  • SET4ANU+ Orientation and transition programs; and
  • Student research program.
Student Services Amenities Fee - proposed allocations to student associations for 2019
  Allowable Expenditure Category ANUSA PARSA ANU Student Media ANU Sport Division of Student Life ANU Observer SEEF Total
A Providing food or drink to students $74,225.00 $85,442.00   $ - $34,200.00 $900.00 $15,000.00 $209,767.00
B Supporting a sporting or recreational activity $200,925.83 $94,815.00   $422,098.00 $18,400.00 $1,500.00 $15,000.00 $752,738.00
C Supporting the administration of a club whose members are students $430,528.85 $570,112.97   $325,152.00 $16,400.00 $13,470.00 $20,000.00 $1,375,663.82
D Caring for the children of students $4,166.67 $17,351.00   $ -     $15,000.00 $36,517.67
E Providing legal services to students $21,416.43 $69,055.06   $ -     $15,000.00 $105,471.49
F Promoting the health or welfare of students $213,622.80 $150,532.62   $25,250.00 $19,900.00 $150.00 $15,000.00 $424,455.43
G Helping students secure accommodation $147,566.34 $52,555.42   $ -     $15,000.00 $215,121.76
H Helping students obtain employment or advice on careers $163,356.56 $41,957.40   $ - $202,100.00   $15,000.00 $422,413.96
I Helping students with their financial affairs $148,631.22 $31,700.41   $ - $1,250.00   $15,000.00 $196,581.63
J Helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents $6,416.43 $ -   $ -       $6,416.43
K Supporting debating by students $22,171.23 $ -   $ - $16,400.00     $38,571.23
L Providing libraries and reading rooms for students $6,500.00 $6,678.00   $ -     $15,000.00 $28,178.00
M Supporting an artistic activity by students $64,188.01 $15,179.00 $30,000.00 $ - $36,900.00   $15,000.00 $161,267.01
N Supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students $148,283.51 $45,261.00 $162,210.00 $ -   $27,810.00 $15,000.00 $398,564.51
O Helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled $174,400.58 $84,897.00   $ - $141,150.00   $15,000.00 $415,447.58
P Advising on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules $26,360.39 $17,084.00   $ - $8,000.00   $15,000.00 $66,444.39
Q Advocating students' interests in matters arising under the higher education providers' rules $31,550.86 $97,147.03   $ -     $15,000.00 $143,697.89
R Giving students information to help them in their orientation $80,699.67 $61,369.65   $27,500.00 $64,900.00 $150.00 $15,000.00 $249,619.32
S Helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment $81,580.62 $127,078.43   $ - $49,250.00   $15,000.00 $272,909.05
  TOTAL $2,046,591.00 $1,568,216.00 $192,210.00 $800,000.00 $608,850.00 $43,980.00 $260,000.00 $5,519,847.00