A $148 M program to support students’ participation 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.
School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the outdoors; excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum.
The Department of Education and Training (the Department) administers the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) is provided by the Victorian Government to ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities.
The annual CSEF amount per student is:
- $125 for primary school students
- $225 for secondary school students.
For ungraded students attending a specialist school, the rate payable is determined by the student’s date of birth.
CSEF payments will be processed directly to schools with the majority of payments to commence from March, 2016 onwards. The CSEF system will remain open during term one and term two for applications to be added.
Schools are required to use the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) payment for expenses relating to Camps, Sport and/or Excursions for the benefit of the eligible student.
Some common examples of school-organised programs for which the CSEF payment may be used include:
- School camps/trips
- Swimming and other school-organised sporting programs
- Outdoor education programs
Schools will need to communicate with eligible parents/guardians to advise how the school intends to allocate the CSEF payment for the benefit of the eligible student.
The CSEF payment cannot be used towards voluntary school charges, nor towards books, stationery, school uniforms, before/after school care, music lessons, graduations, etc.
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.
Applications close 30 June 2019.
- CSEF Application Form
- CSEF Policy for Schools
- CSEF Information for Schools
- CSEF FAQs
Prep students eligible for the Andrews Labor Government’s Camp, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will now also receive uniform support.
From Term 2, approximately 15,000 Preps will be eligible for a windcheater and tracksuit pants, or a bomber jacket, rugby top, hoody or zip jacket – just in time for winter.
Since it was launched last year, almost 19,000 students have benefitted from the Labor Government’s partnership with State Schools’ Relief through the Year 7 CSEF program, sharing in more than $3 million in support for clothing and footwear.
The uniform support pack is part of the Labor Government’s $15 million boost in support for State Schools’ Relief.
As part of building the Education State, the Labor Government is breaking the link between disadvantage and achievement, starting with a $566 million investment in needs based funding in the 2015-16 State Budget.
It also includes $180 million for CSEF programs to help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.
Schools can apply online to State Schools’ Relief at www.ssr.net.au/schools when they believe a student needs help with appropriate uniforms and footwear for school.
Eligibility requirements for CSEF can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/csef.