The $100 Active Kids Rebate starts on 31 January 2017. Families in NSW will be eligible to receive up to $100 per school aged child each year, to help meet the cost of getting kids involved in community sport. This can be applied to after-school and weekend sport including swimming lessons. This voucher can be claimed annually from January 31, 2018 and is not means tested. Although $100 isn’t that much when it comes to the cost of community sport, every little bit helps. (See update below for latest information).
How does the scheme work?
The NSW Government will provide a $100 voucher to parents/guardians of school enrolled children. The $100 voucher can be used for registration and participation costs for sport and fitness activities. The initiative aims to reduce barriers to participation and help change the physical activity behaviours of children and young people in NSW.
Who is eligible to claim the Active Kids voucher?
Every child (4.5 – 18 years old) enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 will be eligible for an Active Kids Voucher. This includes those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW.
It is not means tested and one voucher will be available for every child in the family annually over the next four years. There’s no limits on the number of applications per family, as long as every child is enrolled in school.
How long does a voucher last?
Vouchers are valid for redemption during the current calendar year activity program which runs from 31 January to 31 December 2018. Vouchers expire at the end of the calendar year.
What can the Active Kids voucher be used for?
The voucher can be used for registration or membership fees for structured activities by registered providesrs of no less than eight weeks’ duration that provide a moderate to vigorous level of physical activity, for example:
- sporting pursuits
- swimming lessons
- structured fitness program
- outdoor education programs
- approved active recreation (dance etc)
- equipment ordinarily provided by the provider on registration for competition.
The vouchers will be redeemable through approved sport, fitness and physical activity providers upon registration.
How do you download a voucher?
From 31 January 2018, parents/guardians/carers with legal responsibility of an eligible child resident in NSW will be able to download a voucher from an online platform.
The platform will be run by Service NSW and can be accessed through the Active Kids website https://sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids
Update (23 January 2018)
Although the website states that vouchers will be available to download from 31 January, vouchers are actually available to download now through the Service NSW website https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-active-kids-voucher.
It’s easy to download the voucher. You just need to register on the Service NSW website if you haven’t already done so and have your Medicare card to prove your child’s identity. Vouchers can then be redeemed from 31 January 2018.