Student services and amenities fee

The student services and amenities fee (SSAF) is a fee charged by higher education providers within Australia to help with student services and facilities that aren’t directly linked to your studies.

At Murdoch, we use SSAF funds to provide and expand on services which enhance your university experience, including health and counselling services, careers and employment advice, sport and recreation facilities, and much more.

The amount you’ll pay depends on if you’re a full or part-time student, and which campus you study at. Eligible domestic students can defer this payment with an SA-HELP loan. For payment options see paying your fees.

2019 student services and amenities fees:

Course enrolmentPart-time fee per half year

(For students studying 6 points or less)

Full-time fee per half year
Murdoch campus$75.50$151.50
Mandurah/Rockingham campus$56.50$113.50
Fully external$37.50$37.50

How the fee is spent

Universities must have a formal process of consultation with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations at the university regarding the specific uses of proceeds from any compulsory student services and amenities fee.

These consultations must include:

  • publishing identified priorities for proposed fee expenditure and allowing opportunities to comment on those priorities by students and student associations and organisations
  • meeting with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations at the university to consider the priorities for use of fee revenue.

Ultimately, how the fee is spent is up to the University, as long as the requirements of the Commonwealth legislation are met.

Murdoch University works with the Guild and other representative groups, including the Murdoch International Student Association (MISA) and the Murdoch University Postgraduate Student Association (MUPSA), to determine what the SSAF funds will be spent on. You can provide feedback to your representatives in these groups or through MyAnswers.

The SSAF is not a fee for Guild membership. However, the Guild has been the primary student voice in deciding how to allocate the SSAF funds, and will provide a range of services (such as education and welfare assistance, club support, campus events and sports and recreation) as outlined in SSAF legislation. In recognition of the financial cost of SSAF, Guild membership is free for all students.

See how SSAF funds were allocated in 2017:

SSAF infographic