Information for parents

KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5–18 years to participate in community sport and recreation by offering them financial assistance for club fees.

The fees go directly from the local government to the registered KidSport clubs participating in the project.

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • Applicant must be aged 5-18 years.
  • Applicant must have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card OR meet one of the four KidSport Financial Exceptions.
  • Applicant's primary place of residence must be in the local government area they are applying to.

What else?

  • Funding will cover the cost of fees to join the nominated sport or recreation club (this may include other club-related costs, such as equipment and uniform as identified by the club and approved by the local government).
  • Maximum of up to $200 per child per calendar year.
  • Fees are only for the nominated registered season.
  • No retrospective fees will be paid.
  • No limitation to the number of applications per family as long as the eligibility criteria for each child is met.

KidSport application forms have been translated into alternative languages, please email the Department if you would like to receive one.

Referral agents  who they are, what they do (up to December 2016)

  • Referral agents identify children who would benefit from KidSport but do not have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
  • They can include, but are not limited to, individuals from health, education, law enforcement and state government departments.
  • Referral agents can assist with the completion and lodgement of KidSport application forms with participating local governments on behalf of parents/guardians.
  • Referral agents can also promote KidSport to their community, but if they are wanting to refer children to the program they need to contact and register themselves through the relevant local governments.

Sport and recreation club criteria

Sport and recreation clubs can get involved in KidSport by registering as a KidSport club with their participating local government. To be eligible clubs can be a:

  • Not-for-profit sport or recreation club, and if applicable, affiliated with a recognised State Sporting Association or have affiliation through a State organisation.
  • Business/privately owned but individual members of the club must be affiliated with a recognised State Sporting Association or have affiliation through a State organisation.

Once registered, KidSport clubs receive applications and then invoice the local government for the cost of the applicant’s fees and other identified costs. All KidSport vouchers must be submitted and validated by the local government before being accepted by the club as a form of payment for fees. Local governments can assist clubs with the invoicing process for KidSport vouchers. Alternatively, clubs have an online account that can automatically generate invoices for their local government.

Clubs can promote KidSport to their members by partnering with their participating local government to access application forms. Clubs can hand them out at registration days, during workshops or by directing parents/guardians to the KidSport website. Information can also be distributed via club newsletters and through club and State Sporting Association websites. Ask your local government for
promotional material.

KidSport Application Process

Concession card only

  1. Complete the online or hard copy KidSport Application form and submit to the local government.
  2. The local government will assess the application, update the KidSport database and if approved validate the voucher. 
  3. Once approved, the parent/guardian will receive an email with the outcome of the application and a unique code to give to the club. The local government will also provide a copy of the successful validated voucher.
  4. The Applicant/parent/guardian needs to take the validated voucher and unique code to the chosen sport/recreation club to register.
  5. The Sport/recreation club completes the registration of the applicant and matches the code to the child in the KidSport system. The club can then invoice the local government for the cost of the fees.

KidSport Financial Exception

  1. If you the child is not listed on a valid concession card but the family feels they meet one the four KidSport Financial Exceptions they may apply through an approved KidSport Financial Assessor.
  2. The parent/guardians needs to meet with an assessor and demonstrate why they meet one of the four Financial Exceptions. 
  3. The Financial Assessor will complete the Financial Exception application form in consultation with the parent/guardian and submit this to the Department.
  4. The Department's KidSport team will assess the exception reason. If the selected exception is supported, the department will advise the Financial Assessor and instruct the relevant local government to continue to process the application. (Note. the application is NOT approved at this stage).
  5. The local government will assess the remaining eligibility criteria, update the KidSport database and if approved validate the voucher. 
  6. Once approved, the parent/guardian will receive an email with the outcome of the application and a unique code to give to the club. The local government will also provide a copy of the successful validated voucher.
  7. The applicant/parent/guardian needs to take the validated voucher and unique code to the chosen sport/recreation club to register.
  8. The sport/recreation club completes the registration of the applicant and matches the code to the child in the KidSport system. The club can then invoice the local government for the cost of the fees.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get a KidSport application?

If you have a valid concession card you can apply online.

Alternatively please download the (KidSport application) or contact your local government to find out where you can pick up a hard copy application form.

What if the club fees for the season are more or less than $200?

KidSport funding is up to $200 per applicant per calendar year so if fees are higher, the balance will be covered by families.

Clubs can only invoice the local government for the total amount of their set fees. If these fees are less than $200 then the lesser amount will be invoiced.

Can an applicant use the KidSport funding to play more than one sport?

Yes, as long as the total amount that is applied for, is not more than $200 per calendar year.

What if an applicant requires a uniform or some equipment to take part in the activity?

This needs to be approved by the local government prior to invoicing by the club and is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Many local governments allow for the inclusion of uniform and equipment costs, but this is an individual local government decision, so contact your local government before applying.

What if the child turns 19 during the season?

If the eligible applicant is 18, at the time of registration, they can apply for KidSport funding for that whole season.

Can an applicant register halfway through the season?

Applicants can access KidSport funding at any time of the year. Clubs should use discretion in registering applicants to participate within a season (i.e. it would not be beneficial to the applicant to register with only a few games left). They could instead be encouraged to register the following season.

When do clubs invoice the local government?

This is decided by the local government. The club must contact their local government to arrange the invoicing process and is usually within 30 days.

How do clubs check if the applicant is eligible to access KidSport funding?

Clubs should only accept application forms that have first been validated by local government. The local government will confirm if applicants are eligible, by validating and registering the voucher.

Can an applicant participate in a club that is not in the local government area they reside in?

Yes, but the KidSport application must be lodged with the local government where the applicant lives first. Once the voucher is approved, take the approved application to selected club the with voucher code that goes to parent's allocated email address.

Does the applicant have to provide a copy of their Health Care Card or Pensioner Card?

Yes, this must be attached to the voucher when submitting it to the local government. The applicant’s name must be listed on the card and the card must be current.

Applicants who do not have a valid concession card will need to meet one of the four KidSport Financial Exceptions and apply through an approved KidSport Financial Assessor. 

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