The Federal Government has reintroduced student amenities fees with the passing of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill recently. These fees were scrapped under the Howard government in 2005.
With the fees now reintroduced the student services and amenities fee will provide universities with more than $250 million over four years.
Some of these services include sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice, counselling and food services.
Payment of the fees can now be deferred through the HECS system. Universities will also be required to be transparent and consult with students on how they plan to use the services and amenities fees.