Student Services and Amenities Fee

Students contribute towards the quality of life at Deakin through their Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and involvement in decisions about how these fees are used. Deakin has been able to invest substantially in things like student welfare, sport and social activities for all of our students.

How the SSAF will be used in 2016

Since the introduction of the SSAF, our campuses have become more vibrant. The range of services and activities available to every student has also increased and the number of students taking part in those activities has grown immensely. 

We'll be building on that important work in 2016.

SSAF amounts for 2016

2016 SSAF for part-time and full-time students – campus and Cloud

Campus typeStudent statusCost
On campus Full time (3 credit points or more) $96 per trimester/semester
Part time (1–2 credit points) $60 per trimester/semester
Cloud Campus
$46 per trimester/semester

Paying your SSAF

The SSAF is charged per study period and appears on your invoice. You may be eligible to defer your SSAF payment through SA-HELP.

Deferring payment with SA-HELP

You can get an SA-HELP loan even if you don’t want to take out any other HELP loan.

You're eligible for SA-HELP if you:

  • are an Australian citizen or a permanent Australian humanitarian visa holder 
  • are enrolled in an eligible course of study with Deakin
  • meet the Australian Tax File Number (TFN) requirements.
  • complete the online SA-HELP form by the census date.

Do other universities charge a SSAF?

All Australian universities can charge students an annual fee to raise money for student services and facilities.

This fee can only be used for the student services that are included in the Commonwealth Government's list.

Find out more at the Department of Education and Training

2015 Approved SSAF allocation

The University has found that the vibrancy of our campuses, range of services and activities available to students and the number of students accessing services and participating in events and activities has grown exponentially since this fee was introduced.

In late 2014 the University invited students to provide feedback on how the fee revenue should be spent in 2015. Following this consultation, approved expenditure for specific programs, services and infrastructure for 2015 is listed below, with many of the services and programs to be delivered by DUSA.

Approved SSAF expenditure for specific programs, services and infrastructure showing recipients of funds and the approved allocation.

Approved expenditure Recipient of funds Approved allocation
Advocacy DUSA $550k (+ $350k non SSAF included in the University 2015 budget)
Sporting programs including competitions, University Games and support for sporting clubs DUSA $550k
Sports Ambassadors DUSA $80k
Social Engagement including non-sporting clubs and societies, main orientation, events and volunteers DUSA $1250k
Orientation +4 DUSA $350k
Multicultural Deakin DUSA $150k
Student media DUSA $180k
Student welfare – general and including Survival Centre DUSA $430k
DUSA digital presence DUSA $40k
Student Legal Advisory and Referral Service DUSA $300k
University Sports, recreation management and development University $160k
International student employment program University $160k
Student welfare – mental health services University $230k
Cultural engagement programs University $100k
Disability Liaison Officer University $80k
Infrastructure relating to allowable uses University $1537k

Some students are exempt from paying the SSAF

Students undertaking residential units

Students undertaking residential units through the Graduate School of Business aren't required to pay the SSAF.

Higher degree by research students

Higher degree by research students are not charged the SSAF.

International students

International students contribute towards services and amenities as a part of their tuition fees.

Cross-institutional students

If you're a cross-institutional student and have paid SSAF at your home institution, you don't have to pay SSAF at Deakin. Just make sure you're able to supply documentary evidence of payment.