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 $12 million each year from the SSAF.

How the SSAF was used in 2017

$2.43 million was allocated to the UQ Union to provide services such as:

clubs and societies support
student events
free breakfasts
Goorie Boompa
Semper Floreat, and
legal services.

$2.43 million was allocated for sporting activities and facilities, including:

social sport
sporting clubs
intervarsity travel
insurance, and
facilities maintenance.

$6.1 million was allocated to provide services such as:

study skills
learning help
counselling and welfare
careers and employment
enhancing employability
accommodation, and
Orientation activities.

$426,000 was allocated for support and training of higher degree by research students.

$147,000 was allocated to refurbishing the Lawes Club, Gatton.

$65,000 was allocated to purchasing student lockers.

$220,000 was allocated to subsidising food trucks during Orientation and exams.

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 (Honours) and Master of Engineering students enrolled in double degree exchange studies courses
    • Commonwealth Supported students enrolled in the Tertiary Preparation Program at UQ College
    • High school students undertaking enrichment studies at UQ
    • Higher Doctorate candidates.


    Submit a question to UQ Answers or visit a Student Centre if you have any questions about fees or payments.

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