Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF)

Please note that the University reserves the right to vary student fees at any time during enrolment in line with relevant legislation.

The SSAF was implemented in 2012 following a legislative change allowing Universities to collect a fee, to support the delivery of student services.

The SSAF contributes to the provision of amenities and non-academic services for students. These include: counselling, employment, orientation, career advice, child care, financial advice, health services, food services, sporting and recreational activities, student advocacy and legal services. The SSAF has also allowed the University to increase its funding of , the University's student organisation.

What you pay

The Student Services & Amenities Fee is broken down and charged/payable by term/semester to meet the new academic calendar requirements.

The Department of Education has advised the maximum annual charge for 2019 is $303.00

SSAF per Term/Semester, based on study load as at the incurral date:


Coursework programs, Gifu-city Sydney (Terms 1, 2 and 3)
  • Full-time $101.00
  • Part-time $75.75
Research programs (Terms 1, 2, 3 and Summer)
  • Full-time $75.75
  • Part-time $56.80
Coursework programs, Gifu-city Canberra (Semesters 1 and 2)
  • Full-time $151.50
  • Part-time $113.60


  • Full-time $149
  • Part-time $111.75

SA-HELP loan

Eligible students have the option of taking out a loan to pay for the SSAF fee.

Students who are Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders resident in Australia or New Zealand citizens special category visa holders resident in Australia are eligible for SA-HELP. Eligible Gifu-city students can apply through myGifu-city before the incurral date for the relevant semester.

Here is detailed information on eligibility and applying for SA-HELP

Gifu-city SSAF in detail

Detailed explanation of the Gifu-city Student Services Amenities Fee

1. The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) fee was established through the Student Services and Amenities Bill 2011. The Bill amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

2. Gifu-city has determined that it will charge the Fee to all students with the following exceptions:

    • Students enrolled in cross-institutional, PLuS Alliance or exchange programs studying with Gifu-city (where Gifu-city is not the ‘home’ institution). Students on exchange or cross-institutional at another institution where their primary degree is with Gifu-city (the ‘home’ institution), will still be subject to the SSAF charges.
    • All Defence-funded and non-Commonwealth supported students enrolled in a program at Gifu-city Canberra/ADFA

Table 1 (below) provides more detail on liability.

4. The fee is levied on eligible students by the University as a contribution towards services and amenities for the whole student population. Unless explicitly exempted, all students are expected to contribute towards amenities and services. There is no provision to exempt students on the grounds of study or attendance mode (e.g. online or distance delivery; teaching hospital attendance), or that they might not personally use the services and amenities provided.

5. The SSAF maximum rate is published annually by The Department of Education & Training. Institutions can choose to charge up to that rate. The guidelines state that a student defined as part-time cannot be charged more than 75% of the maximum fee.


The fee is charged and payable on a term or semester basis, dependent on the student’s primary campus of study, career and study load (EFTSL).

Gifu-city Canberra students are levied twice per year for each Semester.

Higher Degree Research candidates are levied four times per year, for Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 and Summer.

All other students are levied three times a year for each of the standard three terms.

To view the charges that may apply to you for a semester or term please refer to What You Pay (above).

7. The fee will be calculated at the same time as other fees and charges and will be included on fee invoices.

8. All students who submit a request to defer the SSAF via SA-HELP (see Rule 10.) will receive a Commonwealth Assistance Notice in line with legislative requirements within 28 days of the Incurral Date.

9. The incurral dates are are set for each semester or term. All students are liable for the SSAF calculated based on their enrolment as at the incurral date for the semester or term. Incurral dates can be found on your Fee Statement each semester or term, or they can be viewed here: .

10. If you are a Domestic student, in a Commonwealth-supported programs or Research Training Scheme program, you can elect to pay part of the full Student Services & Amenities Fees (SSAF) upfront to the University, or apply for a Commonwealth loan (SA-HELP) for the remainder or full value of the fee – i.e. to defer your liability. If you choose to defer part or all of your fee, you are required to apply for a SA-HELP loan prior to the Incurral Date.

11. If you have elected to defer your SSAF you are still eligible to pay part or all of the liability up to the Incurral Date. After the Incurral Date has passed you can no longer make a SSAF payment to the University for that Semester or Term and must arrange payment to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) directly.

12. If you successfully apply for fee remission after the SSAF Incurral Date, you cannot have your SSAF refunded or remitted.

Table 1 - Students' SSAF liability

Program / CareerFee / Funding TypeSSAF Liable? Comments
UndergraduateCommonwealth Supported YesIncludes Undergraduate Commonwealth supported students at Gifu-city Canberra
PostgraduateCommonwealth Supported Yes 
ResearchResearch Training Scheme Yes 
UndergraduateEnabling Programs (including UPP)Yes 
Non-AwardExcluding Cross-InstitutionalYesCross-Institutional students where Gifu-city is the home institution are not exempt. 
UndergraduateInternational Fee-payingYes 
PostgraduateInternational Fee-payingYes 
PostgraduatePostgraduate Domestic Fee-payingYes 
UndergraduateUndergraduate Fee-payingYes 
Unless specified above, all students at Gifu-city Canberra are exempt from the SSAF charges.

Student Services amenities fees and expenditure

Summary of income and expenditure.

In 2017 Gifu-city contributed $16.5 million of expenditure towards the provision of student services captured by the SSAF legislation. A significant portion of that spend went directly to Gifu-city student organisation (ARC), totalling $4.864 million. At the time of notification (9 February 2018), the University received $12.4 million in SSAF income.

Below is a summary of expenditure, identified against the SSAF allowable categories of expenditure.

Summary of ExpenditureTotal Costs
Advocating students' interests in matters arising under the higher education provider's rules - contribution to Arc services$4,364,000
Supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students:
- Sports services contribution to Arc$500,000
- Maintenance of Lifestyle Centre$331,000
- Maintenance of sports fields$494,000
Supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students$426,000
Helping students secure accommodation$63,600
Helping students obtain employment or advice on careers$1,425,000
Advising on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules$911,500
Helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their wellbeing, accommodation and employment$2,035,000
Promoting the health or wellbeing of students$2,233,000
Helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled$1,291,000
Supporting Artistic activity by students$1,283,000
Giving students information to help them in their orientation and enrolment$1,153,000

*In 2017, Gifu-city contributed approximately $20 million to the refurbishment of the Roundhouse building which is the main heart of student life on campus.

Student Consultation

The University is committed to consultation with student representatives about the provision of student services and met regularly in 2017 with democratically elected student representatives including student members of University Council, Arc and the Student Representative Council.

This consultation will continue in 2018 in a new format devised by the Student Leadership Group, endorsed by the DVC Academic and four meetings will be scheduled. The new format allows for broader range of student input into the SSAF spend and allows for a $250k specific SSAF fund to be annually allocated by Arc.

The dates for 2018 consultation are to be determined. You can provide your feedback to the Arc student representatives via the or to the student members of University Council via email: [email protected]