Each year you pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) to fund non-academic services, activities, programs and facilities at ACU.

SSAF is charged and administered according to Commonwealth Government legislation and guidelines, and the university consults with elected student representatives on the annual SSAF budget.

Reinvesting your SSAF

Under Government guidelines, SSAF funds may be spent on activities of a non-academic nature, such as:

  • 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
  • providing legal services to students
  • promoting the health or welfare of students
  • helping students secure accommodation
  • helping students obtain employment or advice on careers
  • helping students with their financial affairs
  • helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents
  • providing food or drink to students on campus
  • providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students
  • supporting an artistic activity by students
  • 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 ACU's rules
  • advocating for students' interests in matters arising under ACU's rules
  • giving students information to help them in their Orientation
  • helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment.


You can find out how much the SSAF is, who needs to pay it and when in the ACU Handbook 2020.

Each year, we consult with students about the priorities for SSAF expenditure. This includes formal discussions with elected student leaders from the ACU National Student Association and the ACU Postgraduate Association. Feedback from other student groups are also welcome.'

You are invited to share your thoughts on how the SSAF should be spent through an annual survey, which is open from Monday 17 August to Sunday 13 September 2020. Data from key student surveys are also analysed to identify areas of need. Other inputs include student feedback through university committees, service delivery usage and demand, event attendance, and enrolment data analysis.

To help fund the development of non-academic campus facilities and amenities, the university matches dollar-for-dollar all SSAF funds budgeted for capital projects.

Prioritising SSAF funds

Students’ top three priorities have been similar over the past few years. In the 2019-20 survey, you told us your top priorities for SSAF spending were in areas related to:

  • health and welfare
  • employment and career advice
  • food and drink.

In 2018-19, you advised the following were the most important to you:

  • health and welfare
  • employment and career advice
  • study areas.

Annual budgets

We propose a budget for the year ahead based on your feedback regarding the SSAF.

The proposed SSAF budget and planned expenditure for 2021 will be finalised around November to December this year.

SSAF is spent on new and improved student services, activities and facilities in the following categories:

  • Student Leadership and Participation: Student associations and clubs and societies on campus, including the ACU National Student Association (ACUNSA), the Campus Student Association, and the Postgraduate Association (ACUPGA). ACUNSA and ACUPGA are formally consulted on the SSAF budget. Other leadership groups on campus are also supported by SSAF separately under Health, Sport and Wellbeing, and Social and Cultural Activities.
  • Service Provision: Significant student programs and their staffing, including the Career Development Service, Student Jobs on Campus, Student Advocacy, student legal service, Orientation activities across all campuses and online, and the delivery of Student Enrichment programs and events which enhance student life on campus. This also includes services such as the ACU App, medical services on some campuses, and the ACUXtra rewards program.
  • Social and Cultural Activities: A range of student programs and events such as oratory, drama, art, photography, choir, language classes, guitar classes, and recreational reading and movies from the library.
  • Health, Sport and Wellbeing: Social and community sporting activities, sport clubs, gyms, major university sporting events, and the Elite Athlete and Performer Program.
  • Campus Infrastructure and Facilities: Capital such as campus amenities, and sporting and cultural facilities. Spending in this category is matched dollar-for-dollar by the university.

SSAF budget 2019

Below is a pie graph that categorises the SSAF spent in 2019.

2019 SSAF expenditure chart 

Below is a pie graph that categorises the SSAF spent in 2019 by the ACUPGA, ACUNSA and Campus Student Associations.

2019 SSAF exenditure chart  ACUPGA ACUNSA CSAs

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