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Refer a young person for a Get Started Voucher

Referral agents are still able to register online for future rounds of the program.

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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

Get Started Vouchers provide up to $150 to those who can least afford to join a sport or recreation club. The predominate eligibility criteria for the program is for the child/young person, or the parent, guardian or carer, to hold a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with the child/young person’s name on it.

Eligible referral agents must:

  • have known the child/young person in their professional capacity for a minimum of three months
  • not be directly related to the child/young person
  • not be referring a child/young person to a club where the referral agent is involved as a member or employee
  • be able to justify the financial reasons why the child/young person has been referred
  • have found a Get Started Vouchers registered club (or know the parent/carer/guardian has found a club) where the voucher can be used.

Examples of referral agents include people who hold the following positions:

  • police officer
  • school principal
  • youth justice case worker
  • Government officer who holds an Identified position and regularly engages with Indigenous clients
  • health promotion worker/officer employed by a Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) member organisation or Primary Health Networks
  • multicultural services officer.

Where you know a child/young person who does not have access to a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card but requires financial support to join their local sport or recreation club, you may wish to refer them to the program.

You may also refer a child/young person to the program if they have access to a Health Care Card/Pensioner Concession Card but you are aware of significant issues that prevent the parent/carer/guardian from applying on their behalf. These issues may include:

  • Internet or computer access
  • Computer illiteracy
  • Living in rural/remote areas with limited internet capability.

If there are significant issues that prevent the parent/carer/guardian from applying, a referral agent may apply on their behalf. All applications are made online so the referral agent will need to create a QGrants account.

How to refer a child or young person

When referring a child/young person to the department please consider the following:

  1. Vouchers are aimed at those who, without this financial assistance, would not be able to join a sport or active recreation club.
  2. Once provided with a voucher, the child/young person will need access to a club and transport to and from training and/or competitions. Please do not refer children if you do not believe a voucher can be used.
  3. Please ensure that the child/young person can afford any ‘gap’ in membership/participation fees if the costs are greater than $150.

To register as a referral agent, please complete the form. While referral agents can register at any time, vouchers will still be provided in two rounds per year. Vouchers applied for through the referral process are allocated on a first come, first served basis so referral agents are encouraged to register before the round opens. This will allow sufficient time for applications to be made and vouchers to be used prior to their expiry date.

When you have submitted the form, the Get Started Vouchers team will contact you within 10 business days to provide further information regarding the application process.

Once this process has been completed you will remain registered as an eligible referral agent for the life of the program.

Important dates

Round 9

  • Vouchers are now expired and can no longer be redeemed.
  • Referral agents are still able to register online for future rounds of the program

Round 10

  • Round 10 opens for voucher applications on 12 July 2017.
  • Round 10 will close when all available vouchers are issued. If the voucher allocation is not reached the round will close on 27 September 2017.
  • Vouchers must be presented to a registered club by 13 November 2017.

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
29 May 2017

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