What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee?

In 2012, the University of Melbourne introduced the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), in compliance with Australian legislation, to support the provision of non-academic student services and amenities.  All students pay this fee annually, on a full time or part time basis.

The Vision

The University is committed to understanding and meeting the needs of a diverse student population, and ensuring that all have an experience of lasting quality and enrichment. SSAF funds enable a wide range of initiatives, determined in collaboration with students, in support of this commitment.

The Purpose

The SSAF Grant Program provides staff and students with an opportunity to directly engage with the SSAF vision.  The SSAF Grant Program offers funding for student-focussed initiatives that contribute to meeting the needs of our diverse student population.  Grants will be available for projects across a range of areas, including, but not limited to: student clubs and societies; student services; transitioning new students; supporting diverse student cohorts; and student engagement.

Status Applications accepted from March 15
Key dates

Wednesday, 15 March – Round Opens

Thursday, 13 April, 5pm – Applications close


The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Grant Program supports projects that address one or more of the areas detailed in the SSAF legislation.

Download2017 SSAF Grants Guidelines(PDF 281.1 KB)


There are three different categories of funding available for 2017 Student Services and Amenities Fee Grants:

  1. $10,000 or less
  2. $50,000 or less
  3. $250,000 or less
How to apply

To be eligible for consideration, applications must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 13 April 2017.

Applications must:

Selection Criteria

In making its decision, the Selection Committee will consider:

  1. The benefit for students and degree of reach of project.
  2. The extent to which the project addresses a service gap.
  3. Proposed project outcomes and success indicators.
  4. The extent to which the project involves collaboration across the University.
  5. Alignment with key principles of SSAF:
  • Alignment with University strategy and student experience goals (including the University's Growing Esteem Strategic Plan).
  • Commitment to consultation with student-related groups and engagement of students as partners in decision making.
  • Commitment to addressing equity and diversity goals. (Equity and diversity goals can also be found in the University's Growing Esteem Strategic Plan.)
  • Commitment to representation of student groups, cohorts and campuses.
Key resources

For application assistance, please contact:

Fleur Hickman, Chancellery (Academic and International)
(03) 9035 4734

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