Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

What is SSAF?

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 (SSAF) provides funding for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature (sporting, recreational, employment, financial, food, etc). It is calculated based on student enrolment mode and study load.

Under the legislation, the fee income 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 College's rules (however described)
  • advocating students' interests in matters arising under the College'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 College
  • 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.

Avondale can either deliver the services and amenities themselves or contract a third party to deliver the services and amenities on their behalf.

How much is my SSAF?

Location and study mode SSAF for
S1, 2019
SSAF for
S2, 2019
Lake Macquarie full time on campus 100% $151 $151 $302
Lake Macquarie part time on campus 75% $113 $113 $226
Lake Macquarie off campus (distance) or mixed mode 50% $75 $75 $150
Sydney on campus, full time or part time 50% $75 $75 $150


You will be invoiced up front (separately from your course fees) at the beginning of each semester for which you are enrolled. Once the SSAF invoice is generated you will be notified via email that your SSAF invoice is available in Student Connect.

Payment Options

Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders (resident in Australia) and qualifying New Zealand citizens can:
  • pay the full SSAF amount up front
  • pay some of the SSAF upfront and apply for a SA-HELP loan for the remainder; or
  • apply for a SA-HELP loan for the full SSAF amount

All other students must pay the SSAF up front by the payment due date.

Consequences of non-payment of SSAF

Failure to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) by the due date will result in encumbrance on the student’s account which will effect a student’s:
  • inability to enrol in courses of study
  • withholding of academic transcripts
  • refusal to graduate
  • inability to see results

SA-HELP and how to apply

A SA-HELP loan allows students to borrow from the Commonwealth to cover some or all of their Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Students who receive a SA-HELP loan will have part or their entire SSAF paid to the College by the Commonwealth and a SA-HELP debt recorded for them with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

To be eligible, students need to be enrolled and then they will be notified by email from Student Finance on how to apply for SA-HELP.

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Student Consultation and SSAF Expenditure

In allocating the SSAF income, the College will undertake consultation with the democratically elected student representatives as required under the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines. This consultation has been and will continue to be, carried out by representatives of Avondale meeting regularly with the Avondale Student Association (ASA). This consultation process will ensure that enrolled students are able to participate in the decision making process regarding the specific uses of the SSAF income.

Share your suggestions and comments about SSAF funded projects through the Avondale Student Association and for further information contact Director of Student Life Services,

SSAF Expenditure

Avondale follows the Australian Government's guidelines on how higher educational providers can use SSAF funds.

Annual Report SSAF 2018

2019 Proposed Student Services and Amenities Fee Allocation
Subject to review following the results of the 2018 Students SSAF Survey

Other Information

Additional SSAF Information