Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund application deadline extended
To support schools through COVID-19 restrictions, the Department has extended the deadline for schools to submit Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) applications to Friday 13 August 2021.
Means-tested concession cards must now be valid on either:
the first day of Term 1 (Wednesday 27 January 2021)
the first day of Term 2 (Monday 19 April 2021)
the first day of Term 3 (Monday 12 July 2021).
The purpose of this policy is to ensure schools appropriately administer, and support families to access, the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) so that a family’s financial circumstances are not a barrier to student participation.
- The Department administers the CSEF to help eligible families with the costs of camps, sporting activities and excursions.
- Schools must communicate to families the availability of the CSEF.
- Schools must process applications for a CSEF payment by 13 August 2021. To access the 2021 CSEF form and information sheets for parents, translated into many languages, please refer to the .
- Schools must use the funds for the benefit of the eligible student.
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund Expenditure
From 2020, the Victorian Government is investing an additional $160.9 million for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) over a 4 year period. This has been bolstered further with an additional $28.6 million announced in the 2020-21 State Budget for the 2021 school year.
The CSEF provides payments to assist eligible families to cover the costs of camps, sporting activities and excursions.
Payments are made directly to an eligible student’s school. Schools must use a CSEF payment only for the eligible student and not for that student’s siblings or any other student (except where the eligible student leaves the Victorian education system and there are remaining and unspent funds).
Some common examples of school-organised programs for which a CSEF payment may be used include:
- school camps/trips
- swimming and other school-organised sporting programs
- outdoor education programs
The CSEF payment cannot be used towards:
- school uniforms
- before/after school care
- music lessons
- locker hire
- classroom and homework materials
- graduations and formals
- other expenses unrelated to camps, sports or excursions.
Schools are responsible for:
- communicating to families the availability of CSEF to eligible students
- accepting application forms from families by 13 August 2021
- entering all applications onto the (staff login required) for processing before 13 August 2021
- ensuring any monies received from the CSEF are used for the cost of camps, sport or excursions for the benefit of the eligible student
- communicating to an eligible student’s parent/carer as to how the school intends to allocate the CSEF payment to help the student.
Schools must process applications for CSEF payments as set out in the guidance by 13 August 2021.
Multiple students can be listed in the one application form.
Before processing a new application through the , schools must sight the parent/carer’s concession card to ensure that the name and Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) in the CSEF application form matches the Centrelink concession card.
Special consideration is given to newly arrived refugee and asylum seeker families who arrive into the county in the current year. 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 the end of Term 4.
Communication with parents
Schools must communicate the availability of the CSEF to their school community, including in the school newsletter, and provide application forms to parents/carers.
Schools must take steps to make sure families are aware that applications for CSEF payments must be submitted by 13 August 2021.
Schools will need an agreement with parents before allocating CSEF and a credit note will stay on the family account until the family advises the school how they want the funds allocated.
Expenditure and acquittal
CSEF records are treated as financial records that detail the receipt and expenditure of public monies. Government schools must retain CSEF records for 7 years (as set out in the Retention and , issued by the ).
Schools must securely store CSEF records during the 7 year document retention period.
CSEF — Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
A payment provided by the Department to schools for the purpose of paying costs of camps, sport and excursions for an eligible student.
Reviewed 15 October 2021