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Refer a young person for a Get Started Voucher

Important - Please note the changes to eligible referral agents.

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Note: The child or young person, or their parent, carer or guardian does not need to have a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card to be referred, as these children are already eligible.

Check if you are eligible to refer

You may refer a child or young person for a Get Started Voucher if you are employed in one of the following positions:

  • police officer
  • police liaison officer
  • school principal
  • school guidance/career counsellor
  • youth justice coordinator
  • youth justice case worker
  • youth justice manager
  • any government officer who holds an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ‘Identified Position’ and is regularly engaging with Indigenous clients
  • health promotion worker/officer employed by a Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) member organisation or Primary Health Networks.

Please note: school teachers, local councillors, council youth development officers and members of parliament are no longer eligible to be referral agents.

Each child or young person referred must have the details of two referral agents—both referrers must be of a different occupation within an organisation or in the community, for example:

  • a school guidance counsellor and a principal from the same school or a police officer and police liaison officer from the same area are allowed to be referral agents, but
  • two guidance counsellors or two police officers are not able to be referral agents.

Referral agents must also meet the following criteria:

  • child/young person cannot be an immediate family member
  • child/young person cannot be referred to a club where the referral agent is involved as a member or employee
  • must know the child/young person for a period of 12 months or longer
  • must be able to demonstrate, if requested, the reasons why the child/young person is referred
  • must not be an employee of Sport and Recreation Services.

How to refer a child or young person

To be eligible to receive Get Started Vouchers the child or young person must be a Queensland resident from the age of 5 to 17 (inclusive).

  1. Complete the referral agent statement (PDF, 426KB), or use this as a template for an email or letter (on letterhead) with the following information:
    • child or young person's name
    • your name and position title
    • your organisation's name
    • phone number and email address
    • referral agent statement.
  2. Give your statement to the child’s parent, guardian or carer–they will need to upload your statement or letter when applying for a voucher online.

Referral agents may be contacted by the department to confirm the referral of a child/young person.

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

Important dates

Round 8

  • Round 8 vouchers are now fully allocated.
  • Vouchers must be presented to registered clubs by 14 November 2016.
  • Vouchers must be redeemed online by 28 November 2016.

Voucher use

  • The $150 voucher can be used at a sport or recreation club registered for Get Started Vouchers.
  • Vouchers must be used to help pay for club membership and/or participation fees.
  • If the membership/participation fees are more than $150, the parent, guardian or carer will need to pay the difference. If the membership/participation fees are less than $150, the club will be reimbursed for the membership/participation fees only. The remaining amount is not provided as cash or as payment for individual items to participate in the activity - such as jerseys, boots etc.
  • Refer to the terms and conditions for voucher use.
  • There is a limit of one voucher per child/young person per calendar year.


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Last updated
22 July 2016

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