1. About the SSAF

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee that is used to subsidise, support or fund non-academic services for students

Undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic, international and UQ College students all have to pay the fee – although some students are exempt

The University formally consults with the University of Queensland Student Union, UQ Graduate School, and UQ Sport about how the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) should be spent.

The University receives approximately $10 million each year from the SSAF.

How the SSAF was used in 2015

$1.79 million was allocated to the UQ Union to provide services such as:

clubs and societies support (including refurbishment of student areas),
student events,
free breakfasts,
college student association support,
Goorie Boompa,
Semper Floreat, and
legal services.

$1.47 million was allocated for sporting activities and facilities, including:

social sport,
sporting clubs,
equipment, and

$900,000 was allocated to ensure ongoing bulk-billing in the University Health Service.

$178,000 was allocated for an HDR support and development framework.

$2.7 million was allocated to Student Services to provide services such as:

study skills,
learning help,
counselling and welfare,
careers and employment, and

$1.75 million was allocated towards infrastructure including:

synthetic turf pitches,
aquatic centre upgrade, and
redevelopment of sporting ovals.

* 2016 expenditure will be made available later in 2017.

How the SSAF will be used in 2017

At present, areas that received funding in 2016 will continue to be funded at a similar level in 2017.

After consulting with the University of Queensland Student Union, UQ Graduate School, and UQ Sport, the following areas have been identified as a priority for SSAF funding:

  • advocacy,
  • campus culture,
  • clubs and societies,
  • welcome and induction,
  • Student Services, and
  • sporting and recreational activities.

The University is committed to ensuring that SSAF funds are used in accordance with legislative requirements. We conduct annual audits of expenditure.

If you have any questions about how the SSAF is spent, please contact:

    Students who are exempt from paying the SSAF

    The following students are exempt from paying the SSAF:

    • Incoming cross-institutional students.
    • Incoming exchange students.
    • Incoming international Study Abroad students.
    • Outgoing exchange students.
    • Master of Global Management students undertaking compulsory overseas study components.
    • Bachelor of Engineering / Master of Engineering students undertaking compulsory overseas study components.
    • Commonwealth Supported students enrolled in the Tertiary Preparation Program at UQ College.
    • High school students undertaking enrichment studies at UQ.
    • Higher Doctorate candidates.


    If you have any questions about fees or payments, submit a question to UQ Answers, visit a Student Centre or contact Student Fees:

    (07) 3365 2328