A new $150 NSW Government voucher scheme has been introduced to help families with the costs of school-aged kids. The voucher will be accessed via the Service NSW app in January 2023 (a few months before the NSW state election in March)
Families will receive $150 for each child they have attending a primary or secondary school in NSW in 2023. The child must be a NSW resident, be enrolled in a primary or secondary school in the state for 2023, and be listed on a Medicare card.
The NSW government recommends that the $150 Back-to-School voucher be used for:
- School uniforms
- School textbooks
- School shoes
- School bag
However, because it’s a cash voucher, we’re assuming it can be used towards any costs.
You will need to apply for your vouchers when it’s available in January 2023 . You can either apply via the Service NSW website or the Service NSW App (In the Vouchers section, click Browse and you’ll see it there. Have your Driver’s License and Medicare care ready.
The child you are applying with must be on your Medicare card. Like with the vouchers for Active Kids and Creative Kids, it’s likely you’ll need to verify your identity, add your residential address and add your Medicare details. You’ll then have to add your child details including their full name, Medicare IRN number, date of birth, confirm their residential address and add the name of the child’s educational institution in 2023. If it’s similar to the NSW Parents voucher, this educational institution can be Kindergarten to Year 12, including home-school or secondary school education at TAFE NSW (to be confirmed).
Once you’ve applied for the voucher, you should get a screen that states that your application has been approved and you’ll receive a confirmation email containing your vouchers.
While you’re waiting for the Back-to-School voucher to be introduced, you can still redeem other NSW vouchers, of which there are many!
NSW Discover Vouchers – ending June 30, 2022
You can find a list of all participating businesses where you can redeem your NSW Discover Vouchers.
Generally, the Discover voucher can be used at:
- museums, galleries and historic sites
- zoos, botanic gardens, wildlife parks and nature reserves
- performing arts operations, theatres and entertainment centres
- amusement, theme and water parks
- scenic and sightseeing transport
- outdoor adventures
- travel agencies and tours
- recreational activities such as go-karting, indoor climbing, mini-golf, billiards, bowling or ice-rinks.
There are tons of local places to use your NSW Discover Vouchers if you want to support local and NSW businesses who have been doing it tough. Here’s a list we put together of attractions in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney.
Parents NSW Voucher
Similar to the Discover voucher, the Parents NSW $250 voucher scheme contains vouchers you can use for entertainment and accommodation in New South Wales. The NSW Government launched Parents NSW Vouchers to thank parents, guardians and carers who provided home learning to their school-enrolled children during 2021. One person from each eligible household can apply for 5 x $50 vouchers, worth $250 in total.
NSW Stay Vouchers
- Eligible accommodation business physically located in NSW can register to accept Stay NSW Vouchers.
- This accommodation includes hotels, motels, resorts, caravan parks and camping grounds.
- It cannot be used for Airbnb, online accommodation booking platforms and travel agents.
- Vouchers can be redeemed 7 days a week, including public holidays.
- Businesses can accept vouchers for the cost of the room booking only.
- Customers can combine their vouchers towards the same booking.
You can find a list of all participating businesses where you can redeem your NSW Stay Vouchers by clicking on this link which goes to a search form for NSW Stay.
NSW Economic Recovery Plan
These vouchers are part of the NSW economic recovery plan which includes:
- 1 extra $25 Dine NSW voucher
- 1 extra $25 Discover NSW voucher
- 1 x $50 Stay NSW voucher
- 5 X $50 Parents NSW vouchers for eligible people with school-enrolled children (listed above)
Started in late 2012 by a local mum, Newy with Kids has grown into a thriving go-to family guide for the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter region. Parents visit the Newy with Kids website to find things to do with babies, kids and teens. Whether it’s local attractions, upcoming events, kids eat free, school holiday activities or birthday party ideas, Newy with Kids is the best website for local parents to find local kid-friendly activities and information 24/7.