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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 Link to external website).

    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 2019?

    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 $303. 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 $227. 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 2019) will be charged a part-time fee of $227. 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 $76 will be charged at the due date for the term of enrolment.

    Due dates for 2019 are dependent on each student's individual enrolments in 2019.

    Term of Enrolment Due Date
    Summer School 2019 Regular Session - 25 January 2019, Session 1 - 1 February 2019, Session 2 - 10 February 2019, Session 3 - 22 February 2019, Session 4 - 18 January 2019
    Semester 1 2019 31 March 2019
    Semester 2 2019 31 August 2019
    Winter School 2019 Regular Session - 7 July 2019, Session 1 - 19 July 2019
    Trimester 1 2019 22 February 2019
    Trimester 2 2019 14 June 2019
    Trimester 3 2019 27 September 2019
    Term 1 2019 15 February 2019
    Term 2 2019 10 May 2019
    Term 3 2019 2 August 2019
    Term 4 2019 Regular Session - 25 October 2019, Online Session - 1 November 2019, FHMS Remedial Session - 13 December 2019

    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 2019 will be the due date as listed in the table above for a student's first enrolment in 2019. The study load for subsequent enrolled courses through to Term 4 2019 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 $76 will be charged to increase the fee to the full-time fee of $303. If the study load is 75% (18 units) or more the full-time fee of $303 will be payable. If the study load is less than 75% (17 units or less) the part-time fee of $227 will be payable.

    For example;

    Wendy is enrolled in 3 units in Regular Session of Summer School 2019 and 12 units in Semester 1 2019. Wendy will be charged a part-time fee of $227 due on 25 January 2019. As the accumulated study load in 2019 is less than 75% the 'top up fee' is not charged.

    Frank is enrolled in 12 units in Semester 1 2019 and 12 units in Semester 2 2019. Frank will be charged a part-time fee of $227 due on 31 March 2019. As the accumulated study load reaches 75% of a full-time study load in Semester 2 2019 the 'top up fee' of $76 will be charged with a due date of 31 August 2019.

    John is enrolled in 6 units in Trimester 1 2019, 6 units in Trimester 2 2019 and 6 units in Trimester 3 2019. John will be charged a part-time fee of $227 due on 22 February 2019. As the accumulated study load reaches 75% of a full-time study load in Trimester 3 2019 the 'top up fee' of $76 will be charged with a due date of 27 September 2019.

    The Student Services and Amenities Fee is indexed annually.

    Key Notes:

    • The above due dates, time periods and amounts apply to 2019 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 $227. If students subsequently enrol in further studies, increasing the load to 75% (18 units or more) in 2019, a 'top-up fee' of $76 will be charged at the due date for the term of enrolment.
  • How much have I been charged for the SSAF in 2018?

    The rates for the 2018 academic year 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 $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.

  • 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 2019:

    • 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 2019, 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 2019. The recommendations were adopted by the University.
  • Distribution of SSAF in 2019

    After consultation with student representatives and results from the student survey, the SSAF Funding for 2019 was allocated as follows:

    2019 SSAF Allocation        $  %
    Adelaide University Union (AUU) 2,327,500 35%
    Adelaide University Sport (AUS) 1,130,500 17%
    The University of Adelaide 2,394,000 36%
    Capital Funding 665,000 10%
    Contingency 133,000 2%
    Total 6,650,000 100%

    More detailed funding approved for each of the organisations listed above is provided below:

    Adelaide University Union
    Item Funding Area       2019
    1 Advocacy and Student Welfare

    804,619

    2 Employment Services

    181,174

    3 Waite and Roseworthy Campus

    73,909

    4

    Student Representation

    100,153

    5 Clubs

    162,731

    6

    Student Media

    119,560

    7 Events

    539,859

    8 Marketing & Communications

    91,697

    9 Administration 253,798
    Total $2,327,500

    For more details, please visit: http://auu.org.au Link to external website.

    Adelaide University Sport
    Item Funding Area       2019
    1

    AUSA Administration

    Student activations, club development, risk management, leadership training, marketing, industry networking etc.

    393,500

    2 Sports Club & student support grants

    172,000

    3 Specific events including AU Nationals, Go8 AFL competition, Rugby 7s, Inter Faculty Active Recreation Week, City to Bay team

    55,000

    4 Coaching/Administrator costs

    173,000

    5 Facilities Management

    337,000

    Total $1,130,500

    For more information about AUS, please visit www.theblacks.com.au.

    The University of Adelaide
    Item Funding Area        2019
    1 International Student Projects
    • Talking with Aussies, Language & Cultural Exchange Program, Transition Projects, Cohort & Student Lifecycle Events, Project Officer, Specialist International Support Advisor
       332,800
    2 Counselling Support
    • University Counselling Specialist Referral Service, Student Counselling, Mental Health Duty Officers, Specialist SA Counselling and Recognise & Respond Training, Triage and Safer Campus Community Support
        664,300
    3 Disability Support
    • Disability Advisors, Hybrid Disability Advisor Support
        232,500
    4 Student Health, Wellbeing & Safer Campus Community Project
    • Project Officer, Health & Wellbeing resources, Student Ambassadors & Volunteers, Health and Wellbeing Promotions/Campaigns
        264,000
    5 Careers Service
    • China career development program
        435,400
    6 Roseworthy
    • Roseworthy Clubs, Student Leadership & Training, Student Welfare & Development, Roseworthy Food and Drink Services

    80,000

    7 Student Hubs & Orientation
    • Orientation & Transition to University, Hub Central improvements
        155,000
    8 Accommodation Service
    • Subsided student accommodation scheme to provide affordable accommodation to students from lower socio economic backgrounds
       230,000
    Total $2,394,000
    Capital Funding
    Item Funding Area        2019
    1

    Adelaide University Union

    • Establishment of kiosks around campuses
    • New online web platform

    18,000

    25,000

    2

    Adelaide University Sport

    • Reconfiguration of playing fields and lights to optimise sports spaces in the north parklands

    200,000

    3

    Capital works to be determined in 2019 by the SSAF Consultative Committee

    422,000

    Total $665,000
  • 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.

  • 2017 SSAF Expenditure
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