A new $250 NSW Government voucher scheme has been introduced a month early and contains vouchers you can use for entertainment and accommodation in New South Wales.
The vouchers will be accessed via the Service NSW app as a “thank you” for our efforts in homeschooling during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The NSW Government has launched Parents NSW Vouchers to thank parents, guardians and carers who provided home learning to their school-enrolled children during 2021.
From tomorrow (Monday 7 February 2022), one person from each eligible household can apply for 5 x $50 vouchers, worth $250 in total. (These were originally announced to start in March 2022 but surprisingly the date has been brought forward).
To apply, you must have provided learning from home during 2021 for a school-aged child aged 4.5 to 18 years in 2021.
The 5 x $50 Parents NSW Vouchers can be used:
- 7 days a week
- at Discover NSW businesses for entertainment and recreation activities
- at Stay NSW businesses for accommodation bookings
- until 9 October 2022.
Under the scheme, each household with a child enrolled into school last year will be able to apply for five $50 Parent NSW vouchers worth $250 in total.
You will need to apply for your vouchers. 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. To apply, you must have provided learning from home during 2021 for a school-aged child aged 4.5 to 18 years in 2021.
Like with the vouchers for Active Kids and Creative Kids, 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 2021. This educational institution can be Kindergarten to Year 12, including home-school or secondary school education at TAFE NSW.
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. They will also immediately show up in your NSW Service NSW App as 5 x $50 Parents Vouchers.
Multiple Parents NSW Vouchers can be redeemed at the same business at the same time, up to a total value of $250. The scheme expires 9 October 2022 so start planning to use those vouchers!
NSW Discover Vouchers
You can find a list of all participating businesses where you can redeem your NSW Discover Vouchers by clicking on this link which goes to a search form for NSW Discover.
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 businesses who have been doing it tough. Here’s a list we put together.
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)
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