Active Kids vouchers are available for parents, guardians and carers to claim for each school-enrolled child.
The NSW Government announced that from 1 July, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a second $100 voucher annually for each eligible child for use in the calendar year.
Vouchers can be redeemed with an Active Kids provider to discount the cost of participation. Providers must be approved and registered with the Office of Sport before accepting vouchers.
Vouchers can be used towards the cost of registration or membership fees with registered providers for that calendar year.
Vouchers expire on 31 December in the year stated on the voucher.
Am I eligible to become a provider?
To register as a provider with the Active Kids program, you must be located in NSW and be either.
- A sporting club/association affiliated with a recognised State Sporting Organisation, OR
- An unaffiliated club/activity provider
- deliver a structured and supervised sport or physical activity program of at least eight weeks' duration
- hold a current ABN, ACN or Certificate of Incorporation and must not have any outstanding actions or enforcement orders recorded by the Office of Fair Trading.
- appropriate skills, experience, or qualifications and necessary accreditation for nominated activities, specifically swimming and fitness programs.
- Have Working with Children Check clearances for all relevant staff and volunteers.
- Certificate of Currency detailing appropriate level of insurance for the activities offered.
You may be required to submit verification of business and activity program as outlined above to support your application to become a provider.
All providers must be approved as an Active Kids provider prior to accepting vouchers.
What can the voucher be used for?
The voucher can be used for registration, membership or participation fees for structured activities that provide a moderate to vigorous level of physical activity.
- swimming lessons
- structured and supervised fitness programs
- approved active recreation
Physical activity is defined as movement involving large muscles (e.g. running, swimming, aerobic activity). Physical activity must be planned, structured, supervised and involve repetitive bodily movement which improves or maintains physical fitness.
What is excluded?
Vouchers cannot be used for:
- individual items or equipment including jerseys, socks or boots, that are not part of the registration cost.
- programs that are less than 8 weeks’ duration
- gym membership that is not part of a structured and supervised program
- activities that are part of the school curriculum or conducted during school hours
- after-school care services and tutors
- school-run competitions, including weekend inter-school sport competitions or activities
- travel to and from competitions.
How long are vouchers valid?
Both vouchers expire on 31 December of the year of issue, as stated on the voucher.
A voucher can only be used once with an approved Active Kids provider.
Expired vouchers cannot be redeemed for reimbursement.
Can vouchers be combined for the same activity?
No, you cannot combine the two vouchers. Active Kids is intended to increase a child’s participation in sport or active recreation.
You cannot combine two vouchers to pay for a single activity in the same term even if the activity costs more than $100.
The vouchers must be used for a separate program of activity or a different activity.
Can clubs or organisations located outside NSW register with Active Kids?
No, a club located outside NSW will not be eligible to register with Active Kids, even if it has NSW residents involved in its activities or competitions. Vouchers can only be used with approved providers located in NSW.
A club located in NSW is eligible to register however if it has children registered who live another State or Territory, those children will not be eligible to claim a voucher as they must reside in NSW to be eligible for a voucher.
Some of the children in my club live interstate, can they get an Active Kids voucher?
To be eligible for an Active Kids voucher, each child must reside in NSW.
Those living outside NSW should apply for a voucher in their own State of residence, where applicable.
An Active Kids voucher can only be used with a provider that is located within NSW.
I provide an activity program within a school. Am I eligible to be an Active Kids provider?
Active Kids aims to increase children's participation in activities outside school hours.
School-run activities, competitions and inter-school sport that are in school and part of the curriculum are not eligible for this program.
School teams who participate and pay fees directly towards community-based competitions may be eligible.
Providers who are running activities outside school hours using school facilities are eligible to apply.
When will providers be reimbursed the value of the vouchers?
Reimbursement to providers should occur within seven days of the redemption of vouchers.
Please note that providers will be reimbursed the actual value of the activity up to $100 and do not automatically receive $100 for each voucher.
Can prices be increased by providers?
Providers cannot raise their fees unreasonably as a direct result of registration as an Active Kids provider.
Providers cannot apply differential pricing for voucher holders vs non-voucher holders.
Providers (including sports clubs) may be subject to audit.
Those providers found to have unreasonably increased their fees, or engaged in differential pricing or other breach of the program, may be deregistered as an Active Kids provider.
Where can I get more information?
More information - is available on the Service NSW website
Service NSW 13 77 88
or Email firstname.lastname@example.org