Applications are officially open for Get Started vouchers, but what does this mean for your children’s sport?

The Queensland Government’s Get Started initiative was introduced to provide better access to sports for children and their parents, helping cover the cost registration, membership or participation fees with vouchers valued up to $150.

Children aged 5 to 17 are eligible for the vouchers, so long as they or their parents/carers hold a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or a Pensioner Concession Card with the child’s name on it, or, if they are identified by a registered referral agent.

The first round of Get Started vouchers – which kicked off on February 6 – must be presented to a registered club before they expire on May 15. You can find all of the registered clubs right here.

If you think that you and your child could be eligible for a Get Started voucher but aren’t sure how to apply, listen up.

How do I apply for a voucher?

If you’ve previously applied for a Get Started voucher, head to ‘Quick links’ on the department’s website and click the ‘Log in and apply for a voucher’ link.

If this is your first time applying:

  1. Visit the department website here
  2. Watch the ‘Get Started Vouchers – How to apply’ video on the website
  3. Confirm your child’s eligibility
  4. Use the online club locator to confirm that the club your child is interested in joining is registered
  5. Contact the club to ask about any additional fees or equipment that may not be covered by the voucher
  6. Create and activate your individual QGrants account at QGrants
  7. In ‘Quick links’ on the department’s website click the ‘Log in and apply for a voucher’ link and enter the required details, including a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card number OR apply using the link supplied by your referral agent. If you are eligible, a voucher with a unique reference number will be generated. Print the voucher and take it to the registered sport or recreation club the child/young person intends to join prior to the expiry date.

For more information on how to apply for your Get Started voucher andyou’re your children involved in sport, head to www.qld.gov.au.



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