Spending the SSAF
Income from the SSAF can only be used to fund services and amenities that are on the Australian Government’s list of allowable items, and cannot be used to collect or administer the fee.
These student services and amenities may be provided by the University or by third parties, contracted under a service level agreement, such as the RMIT University Student Union (RUSU).
The money collected from the SSAF is used to fund:
- all RUSU activities, including student media, clubs and societies, events, campaigns and student rights, but excluding any activity of a party political nature
- all Student Life's activity supporting student arts and culture, fitness, and sport and recreation at RMIT
- selected services, amenities and student experience initiatives delivered by the University.
For information about the use of SSAF funds by RMIT University view the 2017 SSAF Expenditure Summary (PDF).
Frequently asked questions
RMIT University introduced the SSAF in 2012 following changes to Australian Government legislation.
The student services and amenities fee (SSAF) is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF helps ensure that RMIT can maintain its support for initiatives that deliver an outstanding experience for all students.
RMIT was one of a small number of universities that continued to financially support its student union after student union fees were abolished by the Commonwealth Government in 2006. Since then, RMIT has spent more than $16 million a year on directly supporting student services and amenities managed by the University, RMIT University Student Union RUSU and RMIT Student Life.
Income from the SSAF can only be used to fund student services and amenities that are on the Australian Government’s list of allowable items, and cannot be used to collect or administer the fee. These services and amenities may be provided by the University or by third parties, contracted under a service level agreement, such as RMIT Student Union.
Learn more about how RMIT is using SSAF income.
Do I still need to pay the student services and amenities fee (SSAF) if I won't be using any services and amenities?
Yes, payment of the fee is mandatory.
While you may not choose to take up the opportunity to use all of these services during your studies at RMIT, these services are a crucial part of student life. They provide much needed support services for your fellow students and they also provide students with the opportunity to contribute to, and feel a part of, the RMIT community.
If you are about to complete your program, you should check out the careers services that are available to you now and after you have completed your studies.
If you have a query about the SSAF or SA-HELP, please contact RMIT Connect.