The NSW government’s Active Kids program is now open for 2019 after a successful first year, which saw families save more than $54 million in children’s sport, fitness and recreation activities.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 540,000 of the $100 vouchers were redeemed in 2018, making sport more accessible for families and helping to reduce childhood obesity.
“We have made it a priority to reduce childhood overweight and obesity rates in NSW and now with Active Kids we have almost half of all school-enrolled kids enjoying the benefits of exercise,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“It is clear the first year of the program has been a huge success and I want to see even more families take advantage of the vouchers and enrol their children in sport in 2019.
“The Active Kids program is just one of the ways the NSW government is easing cost of living pressures on families. We also have our $100 Creative Kids vouchers, cheaper Green Slips, free and half-priced car rego for toll road users.”
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres says parents can register for the Active Kids program again in 2019 by registering online to receive their $100 voucher to go towards membership expenses and fees.
“Active kids are happy and healthy kids and this program means that every child in the state has the opportunity to be fit and active,” Mr Ayres said.
Active Kids supports the Premier’s priority to reduce overweight and obesity rates of children by five per cent over ten years.
Every child (4.5 - 18 years old) enrolled in school from Kindergarten to year 12 is eligible. This includes those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW.
The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.
The program runs until 2021. Parents can access $100 per school-enrolled child to cover registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.
Parents, guardians and carers can apply for an Active Kids voucher through Service NSW. You will need the student’s Medicare card details to complete the transaction.
There are 9600 approved Active Kids providers across NSW.
For more information and a list of approved providers, go here.