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Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)


There are 2 criteria that must be met:

Criterion 1 – General eligibility

The applicant must be one of the following on the first day of Term 1 (28 January 2022) or Term 2 (26 April 2022):

  • a parent or carer who is the beneficiary of a financially means-tested card – please refer to the list of eligible cards below
  • a temporary foster carer
  • a student who is 16 years or older and holds a valid concession card (such as a Youth Allowance Health Care Card or Disability Support Pension Card).

Applications must be submitted to the school by 24 June 2022.

Parents who receive a carer allowance on behalf of a student, or any other benefit or allowance not income tested by Centrelink, are not eligible for the CSEF payment unless they also meet the above eligibility criterion.

Where the parent or carer is seeking eligibility based on an eligible financially means-tested card, eligibility will be determined when the relevant concession card successfully validates with Centrelink on either the first day of Term 1 or Term 2.

If the eligible card is in the name of the student, the fund is only granted to that student, not their siblings.

Eligible means tested cards

Below is a list of means tested cards that are accepted:

  • ABSTUDY – Schooling Applicant (ABA)
  • ABSTUDY – Secondary/Tertiary (ABY)
  • Age Pension (AGE)
  • Austudy Payment (AUS)
  • Bereavement Allowance (BVA)
  • Disability Support Pension (DSP)
  • Health Care Card (HCC)
  • Job Seeker (JSP)
  • Newstart Allowance (NSA)
  • Non-Agency Payment (NAP)
  • Parenting Payment (PP)
  • Partner Allowance (PTA)
  • Sickness Allowance (SKA)
  • Special Benefit (SPL)
  • Widow Allowance (WDA)
  • Widow B Pension (WID)
  • Wife Pension Age (WFA)
  • Wife Pension Disability (WFD)
  • Veterans Card (Gold)
  • Youth Allowance (YAL)

Cards that are not financially means tested are not accepted. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Foster (FO) – Foster Parents must provide a copy of the temporary care order letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Child Disability (CD)
  • Family allowance (FA)
  • Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card
  • Carers Card (CAR)

Criterion 2 – Be of school age and attend a Victorian school

For the purposes of CSEF, students may be eligible for assistance if they attend a registered Victorian school.

CSEF is not payable to students attending pre-school, kindergarten, TAFE or who are home schooled.

Special consideration

A special consideration category exists for:

  • families on a bridging visa, temporary protection visa, are in community detention or are asylum seeker families – a letter from Australian Red Cross or similar welfare institution, visa grant notice or ImmiCards is required as evidence
  • students in temporary out of home care arrangements, including statutory kinship care – a letter of support from the institution facilitating the arrangement (for example Mackillop Family Services) or the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is required as evidence. Copies of court orders are not required.

Permanent care arrangements such as permanent visas and permanent foster care do not meet the criteria for special consideration.

Applications for special consideration can be made through the standard application form and must be submitted by 24 June 2022. Further information is available in the submitting an application chapter

Schools are able to accept applications from newly arrived refugee and asylum seeker students who enrol in Terms 3 and 4. For these applications documentation confirming refugee/asylum seeker status, visa grant notice, ImmiCard or a welfare letter is required to be attached to the application form and a scanned copy emailed to for processing before 31 December 2022.

Guidance chapter detailing the two criteria that must be met to be eligible for the CSEF

Reviewed 27 October 2021

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