The SSAF is unfair, unnecessary & wastefulHelp us #AxetheSSAF

Why Axe the SSAF?

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) costs Australian students over $100 million every year. This unfair tax disproportionately affects struggling students, while benefiting those who are better off and have more time to take advantage of the services and activities it funds.

Since its introduction in 2011, the ALSF has been a vocal advocate for the abolishment of the SSAF. Our position is backed by the majority of students – the most recent polling showed that only 1 in 5 support the tax, and 52% don’t believe they are getting value for money.

In reality, the SSAF is just a form of compulsory student unionism that forces students to fund the extreme left on university campuses across Australia. This money is used to engage in radical campaigns that seek to undermine the Australian way of life. And the average student has little to no say in how the SSAF is spent. Join us in the fight against this unfair and unnecessary tax.

In 2005, after years of campaigning by the ALSF, compulsory student unionism (CSU) was finally abolished by the Howard Government. This was done on the principle that if voluntary unionism is good enough for the workplace, it should be good enough on campus.

Under CSU, wasteful student unions forced all students on their campus to be members and pay a fee, even if they didn't want to be associated with these often politically extreme organizations.

Unfortunately, after the defeat of the Howard government in 2007, Labor and student unions began campaigning for the re-introduction of CSU. In 2011, the Gillard government caved in and introduced the so-called Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Make no mistake – the SSAF is CSU by another name.

Since the passage of this legislation, the ALSF has been campaigning for the abolition of the SSAF. Join us in our efforts to defend the principle of voluntary student unionism.

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    Authorised by Blake Keating, Australian Liberal Students’ Federation, 59 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600