Student Services & Amenities Fee

At UNSW, the money that you contribute to the Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF) is spent on a whole range of support and engagement activities that help to make life at UNSW the best possible experience.

In 2020, and through to 2021, the allocation of funds shifted its focus to supporting students in an online environment, in particular creating and implementing new health and wellbeing programs.

Whether you're a domestic or international student, studying in Australia or overseas, undergraduate or postgraduate, we want to ensure that you make the most of the services and supports made possible by the SSAF - read on for some ideas on how you can do just that!

 Tip: If you want to dig a little deeper, you can also jump down to the bottom of the page to see further areas of expenditure, learn about the SSAF Management Committee and Governance and check out a full expenditure table.

Got questions about how/what/when to pay? Check out our SSAF FAQs.

Mental Health Connect is your gateway to access mental health support. It is a free and confidential service available to all UNSW Sydney students, including those living overseas.

By accessing Mental Health Connect, students will be supported into the service they need at the current time. These may be other supports provided by UNSW or by external providers.

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The Village Green is being transformed into a brand-new world-class sport and leisure environment with facilities for playing multiple sports, exercising, socialising and relaxing on campus.

An important aspect of this project is the upgrade of the below ground stormwater infiltration tank. This will capture campus stormwater, contribute to recharging the Botany Aquifer, and provide a substantial source of sustainable water supply on campus.

Expected completion is from September 2022.

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A grant of $250,000 is provided to Arc from the SSAF each year. In 2021, this will be used to support clubs, sporting activities, student wellness campaigns, food programs, legal advice and much more.

About Arc funding

COVID-19 Response

2021 Key Areas of Investment

2020 Key Areas of Investment

SSAF Management Committee and Governance

The SSAF Management Committee was established in 2019 to consult with the democratically elected student representatives, major student organisations and relevant UNSW Officers to identify priorities in line with the legislative guidelines, establish mechanisms for expenditure and approve annual spend.

The SSAF Management Committee membership includes a range of UNSW representatives and elected student leaders to ensure that requirements of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, with respect to SSAF compliance are appropriately developed and implemented within the framework and to consolidate SSAF operational activities to enable effective and efficient decision making and monitoring of overall SSAF performance. In addition, the Committee will identify opportunities to better promote SSAF expenditure, internally and externally to students and how the support and services the SSAF finances improve student experience and well-being at UNSW.

At the start of each calendar year the Management Committee prepare a report to University Council. The Committee meet 4 times a year with special meetings called as matters arise. The SSAF Management Committee will meet during Quarter 2 2021 to review expenditure to date and prepare SSAF commitments for 2022.

SSAF Management Committee Summary of Minutes Action Items 10 November 2020

  • SSAF activities for 2020 were reviewed for 2021 and a decision made by the Committee to keep the 2021 allocation mostly similar to 2020.  Planning will commence for 2022 and confirmed by mid year to allow for input into the budget setting for 2022.  The allocation of capital expenditure using SSAF funds will also be assessed, though there was strong support for the recommencement of the Village Green wellness precinct process.
  • Future spending requirements will be examined in preparation for the formulation of the 2022 SSAF expenditure and be determined by the Committee. 
  • Arc will actively monitor student concerns regarding SSAF in response to the impact of Covid on UNSW delivery of programs and activities and report to the Committee for advice and direction. 
  • The Committee will also examine additional support provided during 2020 to support students during Covid and what additional programs will need to be prioritised and continue during 2021-2022
  • The Committee endorsed Arc’s $250k 2021 expenditure budget.

View expenditure table


"SSAF is a great way of ensuring that all students have the best student experience they can have whilst at university."

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