The Town of Cambridge and State Government have teamed up through the KidSport initiative to get more kids joining sport and recreation clubs.
The partnership is making it possible for more Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation, no matter their financial circumstances.
Eligible families can receive subsidies of up to $200 per calendar year for each child, to go towards club fees.
The eligibility for KidSport funding is as follows:
- Child is aged 5 – 18 years.
- Child’s primary place of residence is in the local government they are applying to (Town of Cambridge).
- Child is listed on a valid Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card.
Valid Concession Cards
A child under 18 years is listed on a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession card as a dependent, with a unique Customer Reference Number (CRN).
Families who do not have a Concession card but who are experiencing significant financial hardship as a result of an unforeseen situation may apply for a financial exception through a KidSport Financial Assessor.
The DSR KidSport Exceptions include:
- Sudden loss of employment and subsequent income from the main income earner of the family. This does not include voluntary unemployment or circumstances where a redundancy payment has been received.
- Death or serious illness of a parent/guardian causing significant impact on the household income.
- Fire, flood or other natural disaster causing significant impact on the households financial situation.
- Situations when the child has been placed into care (of the State, foster or extended family) and the relevant concession cards are unavailable.
- Funding will cover the cost of fees to join an approved sport or recreation club (this may include other related costs as identified by the club).
- Maximum of up to $200 per child per calendar year.
- Fees are only for the nominated registered season.
- No retrospective fees will be paid (exceptions may apply).
No limitation to applications per family as long as criteria is met.
KidSport applications are now online , however online applications are only available for Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card holders.
Please ensure you have an electronic copy of your Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card with you or have access to a scanner as you will have to attach a copy of the file online.
How to apply:
1. Go to the Department of Sport and Recreation website, complete the KidSport online application form and submit
Applicants applying through the KidSport Financial Assesor (Referral Agent) route must continue to submit their applications using the hard copy KidSport application form to your local government.
KidSport Financial Assessors
What is a KidSport Financial Assessor?
KidSport Financial Assessors are professional employees at agencies which can provide support services for families. Their role is to assess the family’s financial situation against the DSR exceptions and assist the family to submit an application. KidSport Financial Assessors are identified and approved by the DSR in conjunction with KidSport local governments. They are generally from community or government support agencies.
Who CANNOT be a KidSport Financial Assessor?
- Local leaders / individuals
- Metropolitan schools
- PCYCs or YMCAs
How to sign up as a KidSport Financial Assessor?
Organisations who want to be involved as KidSport Financial Assessors need to contact DSR or their local government in the first instance.
Expectations of a KidSport Financial Assessor
A KidSport Financial Assessor is expected to:
- Have the capacity to meet with the individual/parent/guardian and discuss the family’s financial situation in relation to the four KidSport financial exceptions.
- Explain to the parent/guardian that their role is only to provide a recommendation to DSR and that the application is not guaranteed to be approved.
- Clarify why the individual is not listed on a valid concession card and determine if they meet any of the DSR exceptions.
- If an exception does apply, complete the KidSport application and make a recommendation to DSR. If their financial situation does not meet a DSR exception, then direct the family to access support through Centrelink or other community services i.e. Financial Counselling.
- Be aware that DSR are required to audit the KidSport program and this can be completed at any time. The KidSport Financial Assessor has a responsibility to ensure that, to the best of their knowledge, information provided is correct.
Rights of a KidSport Financial Assessor
- A KidSport Financial Assessor has the right to ask a parent/guardian for further proof of financial difficulty such as copies of accounts or an employment termination letter.
- If the individual/parent/guardian is not in agreement with the Assessor then the applicant can be referred directly to DSR for assessment.
- If the KidSport Financial Assessor is aware that the child is listed on a valid concession card then they can assist the parent/guardian to complete the online application process as per any other family applying for KidSport.
- KidSport Financial Assessors cannot approve children for KidSport funding. Their role is to make a recommendation and demonstrate their eligibility against the DSR exceptions. DSR will assess the application and advise whether it has been successful.
- A child can only receive KidSport funding through a KidSport Financial Assessor once.
- DSR will not accept applications for exceptions based on ongoing budgeting difficulties.
- If the family is experiencing continued financial hardship the KidSport Financial Assessor should recommend that they visit Centrelink for advice and apply for a relevant concession card.
- A KidSport Financial Assessor can contact DSR to discuss extenuating circumstances and the department will use its discretion to assess these applications on a case by case basis.
- KidSport Financial Assessors must declare a conflict of interest if they are approached by any immediate or extended family for a KidSport assessment. In this instance they need to be referred to another KidSport Financial Assessor.
- KidSport Financial Assessors cannot refer applicants to their own organisation’s programs.
What is the application process for families without Concession cards?
KidSport Financial Assessors must:
- Complete the hard copy KidSport Financial Exception application form in consultation with the individual/parent/guardian and include sufficient detail on the reason for the recommendation for KidSport.
- Scan and email the application to email@example.com for assessment.
- All information obtained will be used solely for the purposes related to the Government of Western Australia’s Sport4All program initiative (Privacy Act 1988).
- Information provided on the reason for exception will only be seen by the department and will not be passed on to any other KidSport stakeholders including local government or clubs.
Department of Sport and Recreation
For more information email our Community Development team.