Information for KidSport Financial Assessors

Children are eligible for KidSport if they are aged 5–18 years and have a Health Care or Pensioner Concession card. Alternatively, they can apply for a Financial Exception.

The KidSport financial assessment process is in place so that children who may not have a Health Care or Pensioner Concession card but are experiencing financial hardship do not miss out on KidSport support.

A KidSport Financial Assessor can review whether the family meets one of the four KidSport Financial Exceptions set by the Department.

 KidSport Financial Assessors

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, to the Department, on their behalf.

Organisations who want to be KidSport Financial Assessors need to email the Department or call 08 9492 9911 to discuss this role. 

The four KidSport Financial Exceptions

Families who do not have a concession card but 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 four KidSport exceptions are:

  1. 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. 
  2. Death or serious illness of a parent/guardian causing significant impact on the household income. 
  3. Fire, flood or other natural disaster causing significant impact on the households financial situation. 
  4. Situations when the child has been placed into care (of the State, foster or extended family) and the relevant concession cards are unavailable.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many times can I get a KidSport Financial Exception?

A child can only access KidSport once, under one of the four financial exceptions. If the family is experiencing ongoing financial hardship they should be eligible for a concession card through the Department of Human Services (Centrelink).

What is a KidSport Financial Assessor?

KidSport Financial Assessors are professional employees at agencies which provide support services for families. Their role is to assess the family’s financial situation and determine if the child is eligible for KidSport without a concession card under one of the four exceptions. KidSport Financial Assessors are identified and approved by the Department of Sport and Recreation in conjunction with local governments. Approved KidSport Financial Assessors are generally from community or government support agencies.

Who is not eligible to be a KidSport Financial Assessor?
The following people/organisations cannot become KidSport Financial Assessors. 

  • Local leaders/individuals 
  • Clubs
  • Doctors
  • Universities 
  • Metropolitan schools  
  • PCYCs or YMCAs.

The reasons for not including these people/organisations vary but are generally around them not being able to make a financial assessment of the family or running programs/clubs themselves which presents a conflict.

Why are regional schools eligible to become KidSport Financial Assessors but metropolitan schools are not?

Teachers are not always in a position to determine a family’s financial status and in the metropolitan area there are other more suitable agencies which can fulfill this role. For this reason the Department decided to restrict metropolitan schools from becoming KidSport Financial Assessors. 

It is, however, acknowledged that in some regional areas the local school is the only organisation in a position to recognise and support families experiencing financial hardship access KidSport funding. For this reason regional schools will be accepted as KidSport Financial Assessors if recommended by the local government.

How does an organisation become a KidSport Financial Assessor?

KidSport Financial Assessors for 2017 were initially selected by the Department and local governments. The Department made contact with all potential KidSport Financial Assessors in late 2016 to make them aware of upcoming changes and to confirm their involvement from 2017 onwards.

If an organisation is not currently listed as a KidSport Financial Assessor and would like to be, they can contact the department to discuss becoming involved.

What will the application process be when using a KidSport Financial Assessor?

If an applicant is not listed on a valid concession card but appears to be experiencing financial hardship under one of the four exceptions, the local government or the Department can provide them with the contact details of a local KidSport Financial Assessor. 

The KidSport Financial Assessor will then meet with the family and discuss their financial circumstances. If these circumstances meet one of the four exceptions, for not having a concession card, the KidSport Financial Assessor will complete an exception application form and send it to the Department of Sport and Recreation for assessment. If the Department approves the exception it will be forwarded to the local government for processing and final approval. If the application is unsuccessful the KidSport Financial Assessor will be notified and will contact the family.

What happens if a child with a valid concession card goes to a KidSport Financial Assessor?

This is completely fine. The KidSport Financial Assessor can still help the child/parent/guardian complete an online application form or via a printable version. There is no need for the family to provide any reasons of financial hardship, they simply need to include a copy of their concession card with their application form.