Parents can apply for the state government’s new $ 100 rebate starting today (Jan. 31) to help cover sports and fitness costs for their children.
However, a full list of approved providers has not yet been finalized.
The state government’s Active Kids rebate, which was announced in Budget 2017, is available to all school-aged children and is not means-tested.
One voucher can be redeemed for each child per year for the next four years and parents have until December 31 to claim and use their 2018 voucher.
The rebate is designed to help cover sports registration fees, membership fees, and fees for physical activities such as swimming, dance lessons and track and field.
A list of approved suppliers is posted on the website, but is not yet complete, more will be added in the coming weeks.
The implementation of the program seems to have been more difficult than expected.
The government said last year that the refund would be available from January 1, 2018.
To apply, go to: sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids or call: 13 77 88.
According to guidelines released last year, the voucher can be used for registration or membership fees for structured activities lasting at least eight weeks that provide a moderate to vigorous level of physical activity, for example :
- Sporting activities.
- Swimming lessons.
- Structured fitness program.
- Outdoor education programs.
- Approved active leisure activities (dance, etc.).
- Equipment normally provided by the service provider when registering for the competition.
Ineligible activities include:
- Programs of less than eight weeks.
- Membership in a gym that is not part of a structured program.
- Activities that are part of the school curriculum or carried out during school hours.
- After school care and tutors.
- Competitions organized by schools, including competitions or sports activities on weekends and between schools.
The excluded costs are:
- Individual items such as jerseys, socks, boots, clothing or equipment that would typically be purchased from a retailer and paid for by the individual as part of their participation in the activity, regardless of any membership or registration fees charged by the supplier.
- Travel to and from competitions.