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NPAS

National Property Accreditation Scheme

A stamp of quality for student accommodation providers

About National Property Accreditation Scheme (NPAS)

The National Property Accreditation Scheme (NPAS) has been developed by the Student Accommodation Association (SAA) to assist national education stakeholders to identify, promote and support quality managed student accommodation businesses which operate for the exclusive use of students.

The Student Accommodation Association brings education and student accommodation providers together to promote the value of accommodation provided for the exclusive use of students to support and enhance the education experience in Australia.

Until recently, education stakeholders have perceived “student accommodation” to be accommodation that happens to be occupied by students when in fact, student accommodation is defined by the association as accommodation provided for the exclusive use of students. As an initiative aimed at providing greater clarity to Australian education stakeholders, and prospective students, agents and the community, SAA has introduced the National Property Accreditation Scheme.

NPAS represents a stamp of quality, enabling students to make an informed choice about their accommodation. An NPAS branded property will consistently deliver on student expectations of the minimum standard of student accommodation provided with respect to amenity, facility, security, customer service and management processes.

The National Property Accreditation Scheme offers providers of student accommodation the opportunity to align their new offerings with a set of industry-led minimum standards.

The National Property Accreditation Scheme (NPAS) is an industry-led program owned, governed and administered by the Student Accommodation Association membership.

Defining Student Accommodation

SAA defines student accommodation as – “Accommodation for the exclusive use of students.”

Benefits OF NPAS

The National Property Accreditation Scheme benefits all participants in Australian education.

For Students

  • To provide students with the ability to make an informed accommodation choice.
  • A stamp of quality – Trusted brand.
  • Providing students with a channel by which to report inconsistencies between expectation and delivery.

For Education Stakeholders

  • Provide education stakeholders and government agencies who support students in Australia with the confidence to identify and promote NPAS accredited properties.
  • NPAS offers an eligibility prerequisite for inclusion in student material provided by education providers and government agencies.

For Student Accommodation Providers

  • Offers new providers of student accommodation the opportunity to align their offering with a set of industry-led minimum standards.
  • Be part of a nationally endorsed portfolio of quality student accommodation options promoted in a coordinated, coherent and consistent manner by the Australian education sector.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION CATEGORIES

The National Property Accreditation Scheme aims to identify individual properties that are being operated to a set of industry led minimum standards for the exclusive use of students with a focus on student safety and wellbeing.

Applicants are assessed under one of five accreditation categories:

University Managed

Accommodation specifically designed, built and operated by a university for the exclusive use of its student community.

Commercial Purpose Built Student Accommodation

Residential apartments specifically designed, built and operated by commercial management companies who specialise in maintaining accommodation environments for the exclusive use of students.

Residential College

Accommodation specifically designed and built for the exclusive use of students. Academic success and pastoral care, sporting and cultural opportunities and leadership development are high priorities.

Commercially Managed Housing Portfolio

A student housing portfolio of 50 beds or more, managed by commercial student accommodation property management companies, who specialise in providing and maintaining quality private rental and share accommodation environments for the exclusive use of students.

Student Hostel

Specifically designed, built and operated by commercial management companies who specialise in providing low cost accommodation on short to mid-term arrangements for the exclusive use of students.

Background

The Student Accommodation Association brings education and student accommodation providers together to promote the value of accommodation provided for the exclusive use of students to support and enhance the education experience in Australia.

SAA recognises that until recently, education stakeholders have perceived “student accommodation” to be accommodation that happens to be occupied by students when in fact, student accommodation is defined by the association as accommodation provided for the exclusive use of students.

As an initiative aimed at providing greater clarity to Australian education stakeholders, and prospective students, agents and the community, SAA has introduced the National Property Accreditation Scheme.

NPAS represents a stamp of quality, enabling students to make an informed choice about their accommodation. An NPAS branded property will consistently deliver on student expectations of the minimum standard of student accommodation provided with respect to amenity, facility, security, customer service and management processes.

The National Property Accreditation Scheme offers providers of student accommodation the opportunity to align their new offerings with a set of industry led minimum standards.

It is envisaged over time that education providers, and government agencies who support students in Australia will recognise the NPAS stamp of quality to be a prerequisite for promotion to their student communities.

NPAS ACCREDITATION PROCESS

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Eligibility

NPAS Accreditation is restricted to companies and institutions who are Executive members of the Student Accommodation Association. SAA Executive members reserve the right to decide which properties within their portfolio they put forward for accreditation. There is no requirement for all properties within a members’ portfolio to be branded with the NPAS stamp but any property not assessed cannot carry or be promoted as NPAS accredited.

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Application

Executive member submits an application for accreditation on a property by property basis to the SAA National Committee.

An application fee is payable at the time of submitting the application. The fee is not refundable.

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NPAS Accreditation Framework

There are four elements to the National Property Accreditation Scheme framework: business profile, facility and amenity, management model and operational plan.

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