Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- What is 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 (SSAF) from 1 January 2012 (see the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Act 2011 ).
The Student Services and Amenities Fee is intended to provide a significant increase in the level of funding available to student services and amenities at tertiary institutions. In practice, this will mean an increase in the quality and quantity of the services available to students at this University.
Under the legislation, the fee may only be used to fund the following services:
- providing legal services to students
- promoting the health or welfare of students
- helping students obtain employment or advice on careers
- helping students with their financial affairs
- helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents
- supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students
- helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled
- advising on matters arising under the University's rules (however described)
- advocating students' interests in matters arising under the University's rules (however described)
- giving students information to help them in their orientation
- helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare accommodation and employment
- providing food or drink to students on a campus of the University
- supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students
- supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students
- caring for children of students
- helping students secure accommodation
- supporting debating by students
- providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students, and
- supporting an artistic activity by students.
Universities can either deliver the services and amenities themselves or contract a third party to deliver the services and amenities on their behalf.
- How much will I be charged for the SSAF in 2018?
Students enrolled in an Academic Program on a full-time or part-time basis will be charged a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
- Students enrolled full-time will be charged an annual fee of $298. Full-time enrolment is defined as enrolment in at least 75% (18 units or more) of a normal full-time study load in an Academic Year.
- Students enrolled part-time will be charged an annual fee of $223. Part-time enrolment is defined as enrolment in less than 75% (less than 18 units) of a normal full-time study load in an Academic Year.
- The normal full-time study load for an Academic Year at The University of Adelaide is 24 units of study.
Students enrolled in less than 75% of a normal full-time study load at their first due date (e.g. first term of enrolment in 2018) will be charged a part-time fee of $223. If students are subsequently enrolled in further studies in another term increasing the study load to greater than or equal to 75%, a 'top-up fee' of $75 will be charged at the due date for the term of enrolment.
Due dates for 2018 are dependent on each student's individual enrolments in 2018.
Term of Enrolment Due Date Summer School 2018 Regular Session - 19 January 2018, Session 1 - 26 January 2018, Session 2 - 4 February 2018, Session 3 - 16 February 2018, Session 4 - 12 January 2018 Semester 1 2018 31 March 2018 Semester 2 2018 31 August 2018 Winter School 2018 Regular Session - 1 July 2018, Session 1 - 13 July 2018 Trimester 1 2018 16 February 2018 Trimester 2 2018 8 June 2018 Trimester 3 2018 21 September 2018 Term 1 2018 9 February 2018 Term 2 2018 4 May 2018 Term 3 2018 27 July 2018 Term 4 2018 19 October 2018
The due date is the date the Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable. It is also the last day to submit the Request for SA-HELP assistance form.
If the Request for SA-HELP assistance form is not completed on or before the due date a student will not be eligible for SA-HELP assistance to defer the Student Services and Amenities Fee and payment of the fee must be made in full to the University.
After the payment due date of each term of enrolment no refunds will be processed for SSAF. Further there is no capacity under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 for the provider to remit a SA-HELP debt incurred by a student, therefore any SA-HELP debt at the due date will also remain.
The first due date for 2018 will be the due date as listed in the table above for a student's first enrolment in 2018. The study load for subsequent enrolled courses through to Term 4 2018 will be accumulated to determine whether a student has reached a total study load of at least 75% of a normal full-time load (18 units or more). If so, the 'top up fee' of $75 will be charged to increase the fee to the full-time fee of $298. If the study load is 75% (18 units) or more the full-time fee of $298 will be payable. If the study load is less than 75% (17 units or less) the part-time fee of $223 will be payable.
Wendy is enrolled in 3 units in Regular Session of Summer School 2018 and 12 units in Semester 1 2018. Wendy will be charged a part-time fee of $223 due on 19 January 2018. As the accumulated study load in 2018 is less than 75% the 'top up fee' is not charged.
Frank is enrolled in 12 units in Semester 1 2018 and 12 units in Semester 2 2018. Frank will be charged a part-time fee of $223 due on 31 March 2018. As the accumulated study load reaches 75% of a full-time study load in Semester 2 2018 the 'top up fee' of $75 will be charged with a due date of 31 August 2018.
John is enrolled in 6 units in Trimester 1 2018, 6 units in Trimester 2 2018 and 6 units in Trimester 3 2018. John will be charged a part-time fee of $223 due on 16 February 2018. As the accumulated study load reaches 75% of a full-time study load in Trimester 3 2018 the 'top up fee' of $75 will be charged with a due date of 21 September 2018.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee is indexed annually.
- The above due dates, time periods and amounts apply to 2018 only.
- Students enrolled in less than 75% of a normal full-time study load at their first term of enrolment will be charged a part-time fee of $223. If students subsequently enrol in further studies, increasing the load to 75% (18 units or more) in 2018, a 'top-up fee' of $75 will be charged at the due date for the term of enrolment.
- The 2017 rates are as follows: Students enrolled in less than 75% of a normal full-time study load at their first term of enrolment will be charged a part-time fee of $220. If students subsequently enrol in further studies, increasing the load to 75% (18 units or more) in 2017, a 'top-up fee' of $74 will be charged at the due date for the term of enrolment.
- How do I apply for SA-HELP assistance?
Please visit our SA-HELP page for more information.
- To whom does the Student Services and Amenities Fee apply?
Students enrolled in an Academic Program on a full-time or part-time basis will be charged a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
The following students will not be charged a Student Services and Amenities Fee in 2018:
- International Students who commenced their program of study prior to 2013
- Higher Degree Research students
- Non-award students
- Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training (VET) Programs
- Students studying cross-institutionally at The University of Adelaide
- Students enrolled in an offshore program
- Students enrolled in a program that is offered exclusively in an online or distance education mode of delivery. In the event students are enrolled in an on-campus program, and any or all of the individual courses are offered and/or studied externally, the SSAF will remain payable
- International Students undertaking an Exchange program at The University of Adelaide
- Student Consultation
In allocating the SSAF for 2018, the University has undertaken a two phase consultation process with students. The first phase involved surveying all students regarding their priorities for allocation of the SSAF. Students also nominated specific projects for funding.
The second phase involved consultation with democratically elected student representatives as required under the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines. This consultation was carried out through the SSAF Consultative Committee, which was established in 2011. This committee comprised student representatives from the Adelaide University Union (AUU), Student Representative Council, international and postgraduate student representatives as well as Adelaide University Sport (AUS).
The AUU, AUS and the University were asked to submit SSAF funding requests on behalf of all groups to the committee. They were asked to take feedback from the student survey into account when forming these submissions.
The Committee then made a recommendation to the University on the allocation of SSAF funding for 2018. The recommendations were adopted by the University.
- Distribution of SSAF in 2018
After consultation with student representatives and results from the student survey, the SSAF Funding for 2018 was allocated as follows:
2018 SSAF Allocation $ % Adelaide University Union (AUU) 2,303,660 35% Adelaide University Sport (AUS) 1,160,800 18% The University of Adelaide 2,380,500 36% Union House Redevelopment 600,000 9% Contingency 100,000 2% Total 6,544,960 100%
More detailed funding approved for each of the organisations listed above is provided below:
Adelaide University Union Item Funding Area 2018 1 Advocacy and Student Welfare
3 Employment and training services for students
Services to Affiliates including Clubs Association, Student Representative Council, Roseworthy and Waite campuses and Student Media
5 Club Grants and Sponsorship
Operational Expenditure including wages
7 Capital Expenditure - Events projects and equipment
For more details, please visit: http://auu.org.au .
Adelaide University Sport Item Funding Area 2018 1
AUS operational expenditure
- Grants to clubs
- Insurance, membership system, affiliation fees, Australian University Games participation, advertising and promotions, Blues administration and awards, venue maintenance
2 West Beach playing fields - lease and grounds maintenance (net)
3 Coaching staff for AUS clubs (pilot)
4 Additional project officers for AUS office
5 Australian University Games team subsidy
Increase grants to clubs
7 Expand Inter Faculty Active Recreation Week (incorporating Vice-Chancellor's Cup)
8 Sports Development Officers – increasing hours of employment
9 Go8 AFL inter varsity competition 20,000 10 Recreational Clubs clubhouse - staged development over two years
11 Rugby 7’s Women’s Program
12 Elite Athlete Program
For more information about AUS, please visit www.theblacks.com.au.
The University of Adelaide Item Funding Area 2018 1 International Student Projects
- Talking with Aussies, Language & Cultural Exchange Program, Transition Projects, Cohort & Student Lifecycle Events, Project Officer
194,000 2 Counselling Support
- University Counselling Specialist Referral Service, Student Counselling, Mental Health Duty Officers, Specialist SA Counselling and Recognise & Respond Training and Triage
763,000 3 Disability Support
- Disability Advisors, Hybrid Disability Advisor Support
230,500 4 Student Health, Wellbeing & Safer Campus Community Project
- Project Officer, Health & Wellbeing resources, Student Ambassadors & Engagement Project, Student Health & Relationships Project, Safer Campus Community
298,000 5 Careers Service
- China career development project
400,000 6 Roseworthy
- Roseworthy Clubs, Student Leadership & Training, Student Welfare & Development, Roseworthy Food and Drink Services
7 Student Hubs & Orientation
- Orientation & Transition to University, Hub Central improvements
155,000 8 Accommodation Services
- Subsided student accommodation scheme to provide affordable accommodation to students from lower socio economic backgrounds
260,000 Total $2,380,500 Union House Redevelopment Item Funding Area 2018 1 Redevelopment of Union House, extensions to Hub Central and associated areas for the AUU and AUS, including office space, meeting rooms and improved student club and other student facilities. Also includes relocation and expansion of the Fitness Hub. 600,000 Total $600,000
- Consequences of non-payment of SSAF
Failure to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) by the due date will result in restrictions to university services including:
- The inability to enrol in courses of study
- Withholding of academic transcripts and/or parchments
- Refusal to graduate.
For further details of the University's approach to debts incurred by students as students, whether currently enrolled or not, please refer to the Outstanding Debts page.