Do you know of the Government initiative to encourage school enrolled kids to participate in sport and fitness activities and stay healthy?
Active Kids Rebate
The NSW Government are providing a rebate through a voucher system 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 will reduce the barriers to participation and help change the physical activity behaviours of children and young people in NSW.
The majority of children and adolescents in NSW are not meeting the daily recommended levels of physical activity. In 2015, more than 1 in 5 children in NSW was overweight or obese. Every family in NSW with a child enrolled in school from Kindergarten to year 12 will be eligible for the Active Kids Rebate. It will not be means tested and one voucher will be available for every child in the family annually over the next four years.
There will be no limits on the number of applications per family, as long as every child is enrolled in school. The voucher can be used for registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend sport and structured physical activity programs, including swimming lessons, from a wide range of providers. The vouchers will be redeemable through approved sport, fitness and physical activity providers upon registration. The first rebate commenced January 2018 with the second rebate to commence July 2019.
The process to obtain an Active Kids Voucher number is outlined in the steps below:
- Go to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-active-kids-voucher
- Create an account or log in to your existing account from the links at the top of the page.
- Once you have completed the setup/logged in, click on Cost of Living (midway down the left-hand side of the screen)
- Look for Active Kids (currently under the Most Popular section)
- Under Active Kids, click on “Apply for a voucher”
- This will take you to the voucher “apply online process, starting with step 1 of 6”
Creative Kids Rebate
On 1st January 2019 the NSW government commenced the “Creative Kids Voucher” just like the active kids voucher each year every school aged child will have access to a $100 voucher that can be put towards the cost of registration, participation or tuition fees for creative and cultural activities such as music lessons, language classes, coding and digital, visual and performing arts.
The activity categories include Visual arts, Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture. Sketching, Painting, Printmaking, Advertising, Public Art, Screen, Media arts, Design, Multimedia, Craft, Creative industries, Architecture, Coding, Industrial design, Game design. You can see the full list at https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher
Eligible activities are those that are provided as part of a structured program where there are clear skill development outcomes. Structured creative and cultural lessons are: Tutoring on a specific skill delivered in person or ‘virtually’ over 4 weeks or more. ‘Virtually’ includes tuition delivered by technology, such as Skype, with live interaction between the student and tutor/teacher. You can see the full list of eligible activates and costs at https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher
Ineligible activities include skill-based classes or activities that are only run for half a day (less than 4 hours), one-off tutoring sessions, mobile app subscriptions, after-school care services where no structured program on a consistent topic is run you can see the full list of ineligible activates and costs at https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher
If you have not benefited yet from the Government support in relation to your children’s activities, now is the time!