Student Services and Amenities Fee


The amount you are charged per half year will depend on your Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL) each session. Your EFTSL for each teaching session is displayed on your eSOA. For more information about your EFTSL, see the How can I work out my EFTSL webpage.

Fee amounts and dates for 2018

2018 SSAF due dates, on-campus:

  • 2018 SSAF1 and SSAFT1    15 May 2018
  • 2018 SSAF2                          15 October 2018
  • 2018 SSAFT2                        4 December 2018

2018 SSAF due dates, Western Sydney Online:

  • SSAF TR1        15 May 2018
  • SSAF TR2        20 July 2018
  • SSAF TR3         2 November 2018

2018 Amounts
The maximum fee is $298.00 per year for full time students, which is charged as $149.00 each half year. Lower fees apply for students doing less than a full time load in the half year period. If your EFTSL for the half year is:

  • above 0.374, you will be charged $149.00 for that half year period
  • between 0.250 and 0.374, you will be charged $111.00 for that half year period
  • less than 0.249, you will be charged $59.00 for that half year period

Western Sydney Online students are also charged SSAF. For EFTSL 0.375 and above in a trimester the rate is $39.00 and for EFTSL under 0.375 it is $29.00.

Note: These fees will be indexed and increase each year. To find out how much you owe, access your SSAF eSOA in My Student Records (MySR).

How to pay or defer your SSAF

You can pay your SSAF upfront or, if you are an Australian citizen or Humanitarian visa holder (and are enrolled in an award course), you can apply to defer the fee via a SA-HELP loan similar to HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

Paying SSAF upfront
You will need to view your SSAF eSOA to check the amount you need to pay and for the payment methods. To access your SSAF eSOA:

  1. Log in to My Student Records (MySR)
  2. Go into Fee Records, select 'Statement of Account'
  3. Go to the drop down box and select 'Services and Amenities - SSAF2 (Western Sydney University students) 2016' and click the 'Display SOA' button

The easiest and quickest way to pay your SSAF is through the Onestop payment system. Other payment methods are also listed on the paying your fees page.

Deferring your SSAF
If you are eligible and want to apply for SA-HELP to defer your SSAF to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) you need to take the following steps:

  1. Log in to My Student Records (MySR)
  2. From the homepage, go into 'Enrol'
  3. If you have more than one course showing, select your current course
  4. Go to the Government Forms step and select the 'SA-HELP' form
  5. Select the 'Defer SA-HELP' button
  6. Complete and submit the form, ensuring you enter your Tax File Number (TFN)

If you would like more information on SA-HELP, please see the SA-HELP webpage (opens in a new window) on the Study Assist website.

Am I eligible to defer my SSAF?

If you are an Australian citizen or Humanitarian visa holder and are enrolled in an award course, you can defer your fee to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) now using a Services Amenities Fee HELP (SA-HELP) loan. The SA-HELP form is in MyStudentRecords (MySR). See the step by step instructions on how to apply for SA-HELP above.

If you do not meet this criteria, then you are not eligible to defer your SSAF fee via SA-HELP, and you need to pay your fee upfront. To do this, download your SSAF electronic Statement of Account (eSOA) from MySR and pay using one of the payment options on the bottom of your eSOA. These options are also listed on the paying your fees page.

If you haven't paid or deferred your SSAF by the due date, you will have to pay up front (even if you were eligible to defer) and will not be able to see your results until payment is received.

What happens if I don't pay or defer my SSAF?

If you don't pay or defer (if eligible) your SSAF, an encumbrance (block) will be placed on your record, which means you won't be able to see your results, access vUWS, access the Library and IT services or graduate.

You must pay your SSAF in full to have this encumbrance lifted. Once you have paid you don't need to do anything. We will send an email to your student email account notifying you that your encumbrance has been lifted. This should take approximately two working days from when your payment is received.

Paying through Onestop, the University's online payment system, will allow us to verify your payment and remove your encumbrance quickly. Please email enrolments@westernsydney.edu.au with your Onestop receipt once payment has been made.

Who pays the fee?

The fee applies to all students, including The College students and international students.

Only the following students are exempt from paying the fee:

  • Students undertaking their entire course off-shore at an overseas non-Western Sydney University campus.

If you are a Western Sydney University student completing cross-institutional study, you are exempt from paying the fee at Western Sydney University for the units you are studying at another university. Please note, you may be required to pay the relevant fee for that unit at the other university.

What if I change my units?

Your SSAF is calculated on the units you have been studying for each teaching session. If you drop a unit before the census date of a teaching session it will not be included in calculating your SSAF.

If you are granted withdrawal without academic penalty for any units you drop after the census date of a teaching session, SSAF will not be recalculated or refunded.

What if I finish my course before the fee is due?

If you have studied any units in the second half of the year you still need to pay SSAF. For example if you did one unit in Quarter 3 to finish your course, you will need to pay SSAF based on your enrolment load. Please refer to amounts above.

What will the money go towards?

All of the income from the fee will be spent on student services and amenities related to sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, health and welfare, study skills programs, orientation, child care, financial advice, overseas student services and food services.

Please see the Have your say on SSAF funding priorities webpage for more information on how SSAF money has been spent and how you can provide feedback.

Student consultation
We consult with students and their representatives about what you see as the priorities for student services and amenities. Some of the fee income will need to be allocated directly to maintaining essential campus services and facilities, while some of it will allow the expansion of services or new services and facilities.

We are continuing to consult with a range of student groups about priorities for student services and amenities, to ensure these funds are used for initiatives that give students the most benefit.

These groups include:

  • Student Representative Council
  • Student Campus Councils
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Governance Committees (Senate, Education Committees, School Academic Committees)

We also ask for input from all students on the priorities for student services and amenities. If you have ideas, comments or a proposal, please contact us at SSAFpriorities@westernsydney.edu.au.

Why was the fee introduced?

The fee was introduced for Australian universities as a result of the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010 that the Australian Parliament approved on 11 October 2011.

The fee enables universities to receive a contribution towards the extensive costs of providing student services and amenities. Previously some of these services and amenities were funded by a student union fee, but legislation introduced in 2006 meant that this fee was no longer allowed. From 2006 most universities, including Western Sydney University, used their core teaching and research budget to cover the costs of providing student services and amenities.

In 2011, for example, Western Sydney University spent $12 million covering the range of student amenities and services.

This fee will restore funding for essential campus services and facilities, and enable universities to retain funding for teaching and research.

Contact us

For more information about paying your SSAF, call the Student Central Infoline on 1300 668 370, or email enrolments@westernsydney.edu.au.

For information about how the University will use the fee and the consultation process visit the SSAF funding priorities page.