Get Started – Funding to help kids participate

Who can apply?

The following applicants are eligible for a Get Started voucher:

  • children and young people from the age of five and under the age of 18 who hold or whose parent, guardian or carer holds a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and are residents of Queensland
  • other children or young people identified by two referral agents.

What funding is available?

A maximum of $150* per voucher is available to help pay the cost of sport or recreation membership and/or participation fees. There is a limit of one voucher per child/young person per calendar year.

If the membership/participation fees are more than $150, you will be required to pay the difference. If the membership/participation fees are less than $150, the department will pay the club for the membership/participation fees only. The balance is not redeemable in cash or as payment for other individual items (such as jerseys, boots, etc) that would usually be paid by the individual.

When will the vouchers be available?

Opening, closing and expiry dates for the first two rounds are detailed below.

Round 1

Applications open 15 January 2013
Applications close 15 April 2013
Vouchers expire 15 May 2013

Round 2

Applications open 15 July 2013
Applications close 15 October 2013
Vouchers expire 15 November 2013

How do I get a voucher?

You will be able to apply for a voucher under the first round of the program from 15 January 2013.

If a child is eligible for Get Started, they are not guaranteed a voucher. The funding will be distributed in two rounds each year on a first come, first serve basis. Once the allocation for each round is exhausted, the program will close and no further vouchers will be offered for that round.

Where can I redeem the voucher?

A list of registered sport and recreation clubs can be viewed on the club locator.

You are encouraged to discuss membership/participation with the club you are interested in joining to find out any additional costs, times for training/playing and other club membership requirements. You will still be required to complete and comply with the sport or recreation club’s membership/participation process. Receiving a voucher does not ensure that membership to a specific club will be accepted by that club.

Need further information?

If you need further information on Get Started view the Get Started Fact Sheet for Parents, Carers and Guardians below


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