Children are eligible for KidSport if they are aged 5–18 years and have a Health Care or Pensioner Concession card.
Alternatively, families without concession cards can apply for a KidSport Financial Exception through an approved KidSport Financial Assessor.
KidSport Financial Assessors and Financial Exceptions
From 1 January 2017 local governments will no longer accept KidSport applications from Referral Agents. A number of KidSport Financial Assessors have been identified in place of this to assist families who do not have a valid Health Care or Pensioner Concession card apply for funding.
KidSport Financial Assessors are professional employees at agencies who provide support services for families. They will assess a family's financial situation against the KidSport Financial Exceptions and submit a KidSport application on their behalf. The Department will review the application instead of local governments.
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 Department's KidSport Financial Exceptions are:
- 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.