Back To School: Claim your Active Kids Rebate and Save Money Now!
WITH THE EXPENSE OF CHRISTMAS, A SIX WEEK SUMMER BREAK AND BACK-TO-SCHOOL COSTS, IT'S NO SECRET THAT MANY FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. TO HELP EASE THE BURDEN, THE NSW GOVERNMENT HAS COMMITTED TO INVESTING $207 MILLION OVER FOUR YEARS, TO ENCOURAGE KIDS TO BE MORE ACTIVE OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS, AS ANNA USHER REPORTS.
A $100 annual “Active Kids Rebate” will be paid to parents for each NSW school child taking part in before or after school sports activites, thanks to a four-year, $207 million investment, aimed at encouraging children to be fit and healthy.
From January 31, families will be able to claim the rebate on things like sports membership costs, as well as swimming lessons.
The initiative is not means tested – and will be available to both public and private school students.
Sports Minister Stuart Ayres says the “Active Kids Rebate” is one way the Government is aiming to reduce childhood obesity.
“Communities in NSW have always had a deep passion for sport,” he said.
“Most of us have grown up loving to run, kick, swim or dance. Today unfortunately, the majority of children in NSW are not meeting the daily recommended levels of physical activity.
“In 2015, more than one in five children was overweight or obese,” Minister Ayres said.
The rebate not only reduces some of the heavy costs for families, it also provides an extra incentive to sign children up for local sports activities.
Mr Ayres called for parents and sports organisations to use the Active Kids rebate to encourage the participation rate of girls in sport.
“Only a third of girls aged between 5-8 years participate in organised sport or fitness outside of school hours, and for females aged between 15-17 years the participation rate is 8% less than the state average,” he said.
Activities eligible for a rebate will include netball, soccer, rugby, basketball, swimming, gymnastics and athletics.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- All children aged 4.5 to 18 years who are enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 and residing in NSW will be eligible for a voucher.
- This includes students who are home schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW or equivalent.
- The voucher is NOT means tested.
- It will be available for each school child in the family, every calendar year, for the next FOUR years.
- The voucher can only be used once with one provider (ie: cannot be split between clubs)
- In 2018, Parents can claim ONE voucher per child.
- The application can be made any time throughout the year.
- The voucher for 2018 commences on January 31 and expires at the end of the calendar year.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- All children aged 4.5 to 18 years, enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 and residing in NSW are eligible for a voucher.
- This includes students who are home schooled or enrolled in secondary school education or equivalent at TAFE NSW or equivalent.
- Vouchers are available to public and private school students. The scheme is NOT means tested.
- Programs less than eight weeks' duration.
- Gym membership that is not part of a structured program.
- Activities that are part of the school curriculum in school hours.
- After school care services and tutors.
- School organised competitions, including weekend and inter-school sport.
COSTS THAT ARE EXCLUDED
- Individual items like jerseys, socks, boots, clothing or equipment that would normally be purchased from a retailer and paid for by the individual as part of participating in the activity separate to any membership or registration fees charged by the provider.
- Travel to and from competitions.
READY TO APPLY?
- Redeem your voucher by taking it to a registered activity provider or log in to your providers website to enrol and enter the voucher ID number.