The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) provides a significant increase in the level of funding previously available to student services and amenities at tertiary institutions. This means an increase in the quality and quantity of the services available to students.
Background to the Student Services and Amenities Fee
In October 2011 the Australian Parliament passed legislation to allow universities and other higher education providers to charge a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee.
A detailed description of the original proposal, including funding allocation, timelines, the consultation process and the resulting reallocation of funds is available on the SSAF Proposal page.
View details of the original proposal
Principles for the allocation of SSAF funds
The University must follow the following principles for the allocation of funds collected from SSAF. The allocation of funds will:
- Maintain current funding levels provided to recipients under the University’s transition funding agreement;
- Support and strengthen the capacity of the University’s independent student-run organisations;
- Comply with the SSAF Act;
- Increase service provision to students in the areas specified by the SSAF Act;
- Ensure a fair and reasonable distribution of funds between recipient organisations; and
- Provide recipient organisations with greater long-term funding certainty.
The funds cannot be used to cover the cost of collecting and administering SSAF. Revenue raised must also relate to the provision of specific non-academic and non-political services.
Student Representatives Advisory Group
The ongoing consultation with students on the collection and use of SSAF occurs via regular monthly meetings of the Student Representatives Advisory Group.
This Group contributes to the development of University-wide plans for student facilities and provides a forum to discuss and coordinate services and amenities for students. It is chaired by the Director Student Services, and includes the Academic Registrar, the Director, Office of the Provost, the Presidents of UMSU, GSA, and MUOSS, the Director of MU Sport, and the CEO of MUSUL.
SSAF in 2014
In 2014, the fee structure for all domestic students holding a Commonwealth Supported Place or being funded by the Research Training Scheme is as follows:
- $281 for full-time students
- $210 for part-time students.
SA-HELP is available for Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders to defer all or part of their fee for the relevant year.
Full-fee paying and international students are not required to make a separate SSAF payment as the University pays an amount equivalent to SSAF annually from fee revenue.
More detailed information about the allocation of funds and spending proposals for 2014 will be posted when it is available.
Activities and services provided through the SSAF so far
Each area that received SSAF funding has provided a brief summary of how the funds have been spent to date, and what plans they have for future expenditure.
View the activities and services provided through the SSAF so far
Let us know what you think
Thank you for submitting your feedback on how well you feel the funds have been allocated and used.
For information on expenditure, please select the link directly above.
Any feedback you provided will be used to determine whether adjustments to the current arrangements are required.
View the Report on SSAF Consultation 2013
More about the SSAF
- Original SSAF proposal and process
- Advocacy Services and the SSAF
- Your SSAF Liability
- Expenditure of the SSAF to date
- Report on SSAF Consultation 2013