The Victorian Government has unveiled a new $148 million initiative to ensure all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) commenced in 2015 for four years and will provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions.
CSEF applications for 2016 are closed and open again from term one 2017. Parents or legal guardians are required to submit a new CSEF application form each year.
Victorian Government Year 7 and Prep students (in 2017) who are CSEF recipients are also automatically eligible for a uniform support. For more information regarding this initiative please see
State Schools' Relief
Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students, with $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school students. A special consideration eligibility category also exists. Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student. It is expected that approximately 222,000 Victorian school students will directly benefit from the CSEF.
Criteria 1 - Eligibility
To be eligible for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending a registered Government or non-government Victorian primary or secondary school must:
- on the first day of Term one, or;
- on the first day of Term two;
a) Be an eligible beneficiary within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 2004, that is, be the holder of a Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder, OR
b) Be a temporary foster parent, and
c) Submit an application to the school by the due date.
Parents who receive a Carer Allowance on behalf of a child, or any other benefit or allowance not income tested by Centrelink, are not eligible for the CSEF unless they also comply with one of (a) or (b) above.
It should be noted that a Special Consideration category also exists. For more information, see:
Criteria 2 - Be of school age and attend a Victorian school
School is compulsory for all Victorian children aged between six and 17 years of age.
For the purposes of CSEF, students may be eligible for assistance if they attend a Victorian registered primary or secondary school. Typically, these students are aged between five and 18 years.
CSEF is not payable to students attending pre-school, kindergarten, home schooled, or TAFE.
CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card successfully validating with Centrelink on either the first day of term one or term two.
Term one validation
If the parent/legal guardian's concession card successfully validates on the first day of term one, the application will be processed and the full annual payment will be made to the school from March, 2017.
For applications which fail the term one validation, but become valid on the first day of term two, the application will be processed and annual payment will be made to the school during term two.
The amount payable for eligible primary and secondary students is:
- $125 for Primary school students.
- $225 for Secondary school students.
The CSEF is an annual payment to the school of the eligible applicant.
The CSEF will be available for schools to enter application information into the online CSEF web system from term one each year.
CSEF payments will be processed directly to schools with the majority of payments to commence from March, 2017 onwards. The CSEF system will remain open during term one and term two for applications to be added.
CSEF payments are for the application year and cannot be claimed retrospectively for prior years.
How the CSEF will be paid
School administrators will enter the parent/legal guardian’s information from the application form into the online CSEF web system. Authorised school users can access the
CSEF web system.
More information for school administrators regarding the CSEF web system and processing support can be obtained by clicking on the 'Information for Schools' link at the bottom of this page.
CSEF payments will be made directly to schools from March 2017 onwards.
Applications for parents
Parents or legal guardians
Parents or legal guardians are required to complete a CSEF application form and lodge it with their child’s school for processing.
Application forms should be completed and lodged with schools by 3 March 2017, as payments are made from March. However schools will be able to accept and process applications up until the end of term two each year.
Application forms are available for download on this page or printed copies are available at schools.
The CSEF system only allows one application per student. Parents in shared custody situations are encouraged to make decisions as to who applies for the CSEF. Schools should not be put into the position of arbitrating in decisions such as this.
If the parents cannot decide between themselves who should apply, they should be encouraged to resolve the dispute through the Family Court, or contact the Department's CSEF Helpdesk for more information on 1800 060 970.
Dairy assistance funding 2016
In 2016 the Victorian Government implemented a response package to assist dairy farming families. This included assistance for primary and secondary students attending schools (government and non-government schools) where one or both parents:
- own an operating dairy farm
- are share farmers on a property primarily operating as a dairy farm
- hold a lease for an operating dairy farm
- work as an employee on an operating dairy farm and this is their main source of employment.
The CSEF eligibility criterion is being extended consistent with the 2016 drought response. Families that have previously qualified for the 2016 CSEF Drought assistance are not able to also access the CSEF Dairy assistance funding.
The Dairy Assistance CSEF payment will be paid to the school that the student is currently enrolled at the start of Term 3 2016.
Parents can apply for the dairy assistance funding by completing an application form and lodging it with their child’s schools by 18 November 2016. The school will allocate the payment directly to benefit the eligible student.
Dairy Assistance information for schools
As with the drought response, the number of programs that the Dairy Assistance CSEF payment can be used for has broadened. A factsheet is available regarding the administration of the dairy assistance payments:
Schools must complete
and email the excel spreadsheet and the endorsed spreadsheet in PDF to
firstname.lastname@example.org by 2 December 2016 for processing the final payment.