KidSport application forms have been translated into alternative languages, please email the Department if you would like to receive one.
Schools – how can they be involved?
As referral agents, school teachers can identify children who would benefit from KidSport as well as complete and lodge application forms with local governments. Teachers can also assist in identifying suitable clubs and sport or recreation activities for children to be involved in. Schools can obtain KidSport application forms from participating local governments.
There are numerous benefits for children and their families getting involved and participating in sport and recreation clubs:
- Physical activity improves children’s health, school performance and decision making skills.
- Club membership provides positive role models and opportunities for new friendships and community engagement.
More information on the benefits of physical activity for children.
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 LG.
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
Frequently asked questions
How do I get a KidSport application?
Contact your local government to find out where you can pick up a hard copy application form OR visit the Department’s website (KidSport application) and then contact your local government to validate the appliaction.
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 unless the voucher is completed and signed by a referral agent. The applicant’s name must be listed on the card and the card must be current.