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Have you heard of the Active Kids Rebate and Creative Kids Rebate? From January 2018, the NSW Government initiated the rebates to assist parents, guardians and caregivers to contribute towards the cost of their child’s fees and assisting with getting them more actively involved in sport, creative and cultural activities.
From the 1 January 2019, parents across NSW can create and redeem their next Active Kids and Creative Kids voucher. The Active Kids program runs until 2021 and entitles each child to a $100 voucher per program per calendar year for the next three years while the Creative Kids program finishes in 2022. The rebate is not means tested and while it may not seem like a lot of money it all helps, it’s a fantastic boost because we all know the cost of kid’s activities really adds up.
Who is Eligible?
Every child aged between 4.5 and 18 years, enrolled in School (from Kindergarten to Year 12, including those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW) will be entitled to an Active Kids Voucher and Creative Kids Voucher of $100.
It is not means tested, and one voucher per program will be available for each child in the family per calendar year. There are no limits on the amount of applications per family so long as each child is enrolled in school.
How the ACTIVE Kids program works and what does it cover?
Each child can apply for a $100 voucher through the Active Kids website. The voucher can only be used once and not split between activities. It runs year round so you can apply at any time during the year.
UPDATE: The NSW government has announced it will double the $100 Active Kids sports rebate, allowing for two vouchers per school-aged child every year. From July 2019 you will be able to access two $100 Active Kids vouchers per child per year.
The voucher can be used for registration or membership fees for structured activities 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.
How the CREATIVE Kids program works and what does it cover?
Again, like the Active Kids program, each child is entitled to $100 per calendar year through the Creative Kids website to any extra-curricular creative activities. The Vouchers can be used to contribute to registration, participation and tuition costs for performing arts, visual arts, coding, languages, literature, music and other creative and cultural activities with our approved list of activity providers.
It’s a great opportunity to let kids find their passion and learn new skills.
Some of the activities may include:
- Public art
- Media arts
- Industrial design
- Game design
- Augmented/virtual reality
- Graphic design
- Fashion design
Literary and linguistics arts
- Creative writing
- Public speaking
- Circus arts
- Creative expression
- Synchronised swimming
How to Access the Rebate/Vouchers
Firstly you need to create yourself a MyServiceNSW Account. This is your key to connecting with the NSW government online. Once you are set up it is very easy to access the vouchers. If you do not have access to the internet you are also able to visit the local Service Centre and staff will assist you at the self-service kiosks.
How to Find Approved Providers?
The easiest way in finding approved providers in your area is to visit the Creative Kids website or the Active Kids website. All local providers will be listed. If you can’t find your provider you can always ask them to register as a provider through Service NSW.