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Student Services and Amenities Fee


In 1 January 2012, a new Student Services and Amenities Fee was introduced for students at all Australian universities, including USC. This fee is a result of the Federal Government passing the Student Services and Amenities Fee Legislation on 11 October 2011.

This legislation allows all universities to charge students a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), up to a maximum of A$290 in 2016, and in 2017 up to a maximum of A$294. This amount is indexed annually.

How will the funds raised from SSAF be spent?

All of the Student Services and Amenities Fee funds will be used for improving student services and facilities, and in accordance with the funding guidelines. All students are invited annually to comment on the types of services and facilities that will be funded through the SSAF.

The 2016 SSAF initiatives, identified through student consultation, in order of highest priority are:

  1. Food services
  2. Employment and careers services
  3. Financial assistance and services (eg financial literacy workshops)
  4. Study skills services
  5. Health and welfare
  6. Student clubs and societies 
  7. Libraries and reading spaces
  8. Student insurance
  9. Legal services
  10. Advocacy and advice about student rights and responsibilities

The University allocates Student Services and Amenities Funds in accord with the guidelines. Where Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) funds are allocated to University-provided services they make a contribution component to those services.

SSAF funded services and projects allocated under current priorities
Allocation Description 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Food subsidies and services Discounted meals for students at food outlets A$93,000   A$123,000 A$258,000 A$357,000 A$360,000
Printing subsidy Subsidising on‐campus printing costs   A$52,000 A$40,000 A$63,500 A$200,000
Student Guild Orientation and weekly BBQ
Student clubs funding
Advocacy and welfare assistance
Food pantry
Student newspaper
Diary and calendar
Text book exchange
A$251,000   A$329,000 A$215,000 A$235,000 A$240,000
Orientation and campus life ‐
including leadership and service
learning initiatives for students

Brasserie Bar
USC Choir
Moving Feast
Uni Club renovations (USC Guild)
Social activities and amenities including:
Art Gallery, USC Gympie, USC South Bank, 
USC Fraser Coast, support of USC Ball 
Furniture for student study spaces
Co-op Membership

A$25,000  A$79,000 A$235,000 A$400,000 A$240,500
USC Sport Athletics track subsidy
Northern University Games
Swim/gym vouchers
Intervarsity sport
Bike initiative
  A$45,000 A$51,000 A$44,000 A$65,000
Professional services, online and
peer support ‐ careers and
CareerHub website upgrade
Career Connectors
Career Advisers
Student financial assistance
Health projects
A$283,000   A$412,000 A$252,000 A$638,000 A$500,000
Professional services, eLearning and
peer support ‐ academic skills
Science pop up SQuAD
Computer Buddies
Peer advisers
Skills advisers
Online academic skills, resources and email
STEM advising and learning hub
"Learning Thermometer"
"The Desk"
"Your Tutor"
A$360,000 A$433,000 A$557,000 A$630,000 A$400,000

* 2016 numbers show current commitments not actual expenditure

Consultation process and schedule for 2016 SSAF priorities

All Student Services and Amenities Fee funds are used to enhance or extend student services and facilities in accordance with funding guidelines. Each year, all students, and democratically elected student representatives, will be invited to provide input about the types of services and facilities that will be funded through the SSAF. Feedback collected through the annual consultation process will inform decisions about how SSAF funds are allocated in the following year.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) is responsible for determining the annual allocations of Student Services and Amenities Fees, with consideration given to existing commitments and projected revenue. The USC Student Guild is the democratically elected student representative body of the University of the Sunshine Coast; and the Director, Student Wellbeing, is responsible for managing the consultation process with students and their representatives.

Consultation process activities Actioned

USC Student Guild, Student Representative Council, and other student groups invited to review current initiatives and propose new SSAF priorities.

October 2015

Online survey link sent to all students via email.

2–20 November 2015

Student survey feedback reviewed by Student Guild, Student Representative Council, and PVC (Students). Recommendations made for 2016.

Late November 2015

Priorities published on SSAF information web page for 2016.

January 2016

Students and student groups are also welcome to provide views on the current year SSAF expenditure, and submit proposals, at any time via email to the Director, Student Wellbeing. Feedback received through this avenue will be considered as part of the consultation for the following year’s SSAF allocation.


How much will I be charged?

USC will levy the SSAF charge according to the total enrolment load of a student.

  • In 2016 the maximum SSAF will be A$290
  • In 2017 the maximum SSAF will be A$294

Refer to the schedule of fees.

Who pays the SSAF?

All students, including international students (with the exception of the student groups listed below) enrolled in a USC study period will pay the SSAF.

For international students, these costs have been included within the International Tuition Fee rates. USC will internally transfer the SSAF amount to the Student Services and Amenities account.

In 2016 the following groups of students will not pay SSAF:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)
  • Headstart Program or Integrated Learning Engineering Program
  • Cross Institutional Enrolments (where USC is the host institution)
  • Visiting students

How do I pay the SSAF?

You will be able to view your SSAF charges on your student invoice in USC Central  If you change your enrolment you will need to generate a new invoice to view your amended charges.


Australian citizens, eligible New Zealand citizens and holders of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa residing in Australia are eligible for a SA-HELP loan for SSAF charges. SA-HELP is available under a HELP scheme, similar to HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP. For more information refer to SA-HELP.

Remission of SA-HELP debts after the applicable census date are not available.

Up-front payment

All other students including, Permanent Visa holders (other than Permanent Humanitarian Visas), are required to pay the fee directly to the University on or before the due date. Refer to the Academic Calendar for key administrative dates or generate your student invoice in USC Central to see fee due dates.

Refunds of SSAF payments will not be available for withdrawals made after the applicable census dates.

Stay informed

Further information on the SSAF, including the implementation and consultation process, will be provided. Check this page periodically for updates.

Keep up to date on the SSAF by:

  • checking your USC student emails at least twice a week 
  • reviewing the To Do list in USC Central for instructions on how to apply for SA-HELP or electing to pay your SSAF up front

More information

SA-HELP information booklets are available from Student Central. Online information is also available on the Study Assist website.

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