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SAA membership is open to student accommodation operators as well as organisations and individuals involved in supporting students with
accommodation related matters within Australia.

The Student Accommodation Association Incorporated (SAA) is the representative body for quality student accommodation* providers in Australia. SAA represents the interests of our members and has a profile of being a reputable body of engaged industry participants within the commercial, government and education sectors. We serve to inform policy and planning, pertaining to the definition, assessment and development of student accommodation. We seek to create value to consumer and operators in the sector, and aim to facilitate a considered voice for all participants.

You can apply for membership via the PDF form below.

Download PDF application form

Membership Structures

Executive Member

Each membership is categorised by key attributes to identify their contribution to the sector and their entitlements within the Association. These attributes are:

  • sector (i.e. College, PBSA etc.);
  • region (i.e. states where operating);
  • number of facilities; and
  • association voting rights.

Executive Members must operate a minimum of 50 beds, and may operate across multiple attributes, however the most dominant attributes may, as determined by the SAA Applications Committee, prevail as the primary category for this applicant.

Sector Categories (Step 1)

Category 1 - Purpose Built Student Accommodation

Accommodation and facilities specifically designed and utilised for the exclusive use of students. Operated by experienced student accommodation providers who demonstrate a commitment to residential community engagement.

Category 2 – University Managed / Education Provider

a) An educational institution that operates student accommodation for the exclusive use of students; or

b) An educational institution that facilitates and monitors access to student accommodation.

Category 3 - Residential Colleges

Accommodation and facilities for the exclusive use of students demonstrating priorities around quality pastoral programs, academic support, sporting, cultural and leadership development opportunities.

Category 4 - Managed Student Housing Portfolios or Hostels

a) Residential student housing portfolio of 50 beds or more, operated by experienced student accommodation providers specialising in quality shared rental properties for the exclusive use of students; or

b) Student Hostels - Accommodation and facilities specifically designed or adapted for the exclusive use of students. Operated by experienced student accommodation providers specialising in providing low cost accommodation for short to mid-term periods.

Regions (Step 2)

The five (5) regions defined for representation with the Association are:

  1. South Australia & Northern Territory;
  2. New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory;
  3. Victoria and Tasmania;
  4. Queensland; and
  5. Western Australia

number of regions

(Tiers will automatically be determined by the number of regions selected in step 2):

Tier 1 – your organisation operates one or more Student Accommodation facilities in one (1) region.

Tier 2 – operates one or more Student Accommodation facilities in two (2) or more regions.

Membership Classes (Step 3)

EXECUTIVE

Open to a company or institution that operates or manages a minimum of fifty student places in a portfolio or a stand-alone purpose built facility which provides accommodation for the exclusive use of students, and can demonstrate that it has done so for a minimum period of 24 Months, or,

is an educational institution that facilitates the provision of accommodation with an internal advertising system that is actively monitored and maintained by that institution.

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Benefits:

  • Voting rights 
  • Invitation to participate in events organised by our state and territory study destination partners 
  • Invitation to participate in SAA events 
  • Access to member only forums to discuss industry, planning, tenancy news and best practice
  • Subscription to SAA’s newsletter, updating members on student accommodation industry news 
  • Exclusive offers from corporate sponsors

Non-Executive 

An entity or educational institution that advises or supports students with accommodation related matters as part of its standard daily procedure.

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Benefits

  • Invitation to participate in SAA events
  • Access to member only forums to discuss industry, planning, tenancy news and best practice
  • Subscription to SAA’s newsletter, updating members on Student Accommodation industry news
  • Exclusive offers from corporate sponsors

Individual 

An individual over the age of eighteen (18) years who holds a relevant interest in student accommodation.

Associated Individual 

Additional representative associated to an Executive or Non-Executive membership

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Benefits

  • Invitation to participate in SAA events
  • Access to member only forums to discuss industry, planning and tenancy news and best practice
  • Subscription to SAA’s newsletter, updating members on student accommodation industry news
  • Exclusive offers from corporate sponsors

* Defining Student Accommodation

SAA defines student accommodation as - "An entire accommodation property for the exclusive use of students."