What is the eligibility criteria to be an Active Kids provider?
To be eligible as a provider you must be:
- a sporting club/association affiliated with a recognised state sporting organisation located in NSW
- a for-profit or not-for-profit activity provider located in NSW
- an organisation providing participants with opportunities to participate in structured activities
- provide a program of activity for at least 8 weeks that meets the activity eligibility requirements – children engaging in moderate to vigorous level physical activity
- approved by, and registered with Active Kids prior to accepting vouchers for redemptions by recipients.
What information is required to register as an Active Kids provider?
- hold a current ABN, ACN or Certification of Incorporation, and must not have any outstanding actions or enforcement orders recorded by the Office of Fair Trading
- hold appropriate skills, experience, or qualifications for low risk activities they provide and/or appropriate accreditation for high risk activities, specifically swimming and fitness activities
- obtain Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance for all staff and/or volunteers, as required
- hold current certificates of currency for indemnity and insurance policies appropriate to the type and level of activities being delivered.
What activity/sport qualifies for the Active Kids program?
You must offer a structured program of activity to school enrolled children in NSW. The program must run for minimum of 8 weeks and provide moderate to vigorous activity.
What is moderate to vigorous activity defined as?
Physical activity is defined as movement involving large muscles e.g. running, swimming, aerobic activity.
Physical activity must be planned, structured and involve repetitive bodily movement which improves or maintains physical fitness.
What is a large muscle defined as?
Large muscle is defined as larger body parts, e.g. legs, arms, torso.
Examples of activities that do not use large muscles may include: darts, croquet.
I believe that my activity program qualifies for Active Kids program, should I apply?
Yes, apply for the program.
Your organisation needs to meet both the provider and activity requirements.
The Office of Sport (OoS) will assess your application and if you meet the criteria, you will receive written notification from Active Kids team.
If you are not approved, you will receive advice indicating why the application has not been accepted.
I provide an activity program within a school. Am I eligible to be an Active Kids provider?
School-run activities, competitions and inter-school sport that are in school and part of the curriculum are not part of this program.
This program aims to increase children's participation in activities after-school (outside school hours) and on weekends.
School teams who participate and pay fees directly towards community-based competitions may be eligible.
Organisers need to check with the Active Kids team at the Office of Sport to discuss specific circumstances.
Some of the children in my club live interstate, can they get an Active Kids voucher?
It is a requirement of the program that the child must be a resident of NSW to be eligible for a voucher.
A voucher can only be used for a program with a provider that is located within NSW.
What types of activities are excluded from the program?
Activities not eligible to be claimed under Active Kids:
- activities that do not provide a structured program of moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity
- programs that are less than 8 weeks duration
- gym membership that is not part of a structured program
- activities or programs that are part of the school curriculum or held during school hours
- after-school care services and tutors
- school-run activities, including weekend school sport or activities
- travel to and from competitions
- individual items or equipment (such as jerseys, socks, boots, etc.) that would usually 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 club.
My club or organisation is in a border town, can we claim vouchers and which kids are eligible for a voucher?
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 in another State or Territory, those children will not be eligible to claim a voucher.
Children must reside in NSW to be eligible for a voucher.
Some example scenarios:
- A club in Queensland with players residing in northern NSW – the club is ineligible to register. Children residing in NSW who are members of that Queensland club are eligible for a voucher but may only redeem their voucher with an organisation located in NSW.
- A club in the ACT with registered participants who reside in NSW - Queanbeyan or Yass for example - is ineligible to register.
- An association located in Victoria providing competitions for both Victoria and NSW-based clubs - the Victoria clubs are ineligible to register with Active Kids, however clubs located in NSW are eligible to register.
- A club in northern NSW with registered participants living in Queensland will be eligible to register with Active Kids. However, the Queensland participants will not be eligible to claim a voucher for use at that club.
My club is affiliated with an association that has its own registration platform, and we pay fees through that online system.
Ask your association to contact Active Kids team about possible voucher redemption interface.