Student Services and Amenities Fee - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Student Services and Amenities Fee

In 1 January 2012, the 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 for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature, such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice and food services.

In 2021 the maximum Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) that can be charged to a student will be A$313. This amount is indexed annually.

In 2022 the the maximum Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) that can be charged to a student will be A$315.

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 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.

2021 SSAF Priorities

Advocacy and welfare

Academic skills and online academic support

Campus amenities and comfortable study space

Campus life and sporting facilities

Career development and employability

Student governance and leadership

Student wellbeing and accessibility

Subsidised food and services

2020 SSAF Expenditure Amount
Advising on matters arising under the HEP rules  $63,000
Advocating students interests arising under the HEP rules $306,000
Helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment $107,000
Helping students develop skills for study $1,731,000
Helping students obtain employment or advice on careers $161,000
Helping students with their financial affairs $62,000
On campus food & drink to students $139,000
Promoting the health & welfare of students $457,000
Providing libraries and reading rooms for students $18,000
Student orientation $313,000
Supporting administration of a club where students are members $315,000
Supporting student sporting activity $67,000
Grand Total $3,739,000
Consultation process and schedule for 2021 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 and the Student Representative Council are the democratically elected student representative bodies of the University of the Sunshine Coast; and the Director, Student Services and Engagement, is responsible for managing the consultation process with students and their representatives.

Consultation process activities Action

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


Student feedback reviewed by Student Guild, Student Representative Council, and PVC (Students) and recommendations made for 2021.


Priorities published on SSAF information web page.


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 Services and Engagement. 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 2021 the maximum SSAF is A$313

  • In 2022 the maximum SSAF is A$315

For more information on the breakdown of 2021 SSAF please refer to 2021 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 2021 the following groups of students will not pay SSAF:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)
  • Headstart Program
  • Cross Institutional Enrolments (where USC is the host institution)
  • Visiting students
  • Executive Master of Business Administration Program
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 on the Study Assist website.