School excursions

Schools can accept vouchers for excursions, structured learning experiences, sporting or other extracurricular activities. Find out more about eligible expenses.

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About the vouchers

$150 in vouchers to help with school expenses

Families can apply for $150 in vouchers for each child who attends a primary, secondary school or home-schooling in NSW in 2023. Find out more about the Premier's Back to School NSW Vouchers.

Important dates

Applications are now open. Each voucher is valid until 30 June 2023. You cannot use a voucher after this date.

Applying for the vouchers

Find out more about how to apply for Premier's Back to School NSW Vouchers.

Eligibility

Students in foster care

If you are a foster carer, you can apply for the vouchers if the child in your care meets all of the eligibility criteria.

NSW border town residents

Current NSW residents with a residential address in NSW can apply for the vouchers.

The vouchers can only be redeemed:

Students attending a school outside NSW

You can apply for the vouchers if your child is enrolled at a school outside NSW but their primary residence is in NSW where they live with you (the child’s parent, guardian or carer).

Home-schooled students

Home-schooled children are eligible for the vouchers.

New schools opening in 2023

Some schools that open in Term 1, 2023 are not yet listed on the vouchers application form. Once the school has been added to the list, you will be able to complete your application for the vouchers.

Students who can apply

If you are a student with your own Medicare card and you meet all the eligibility criteria, you can apply for the vouchers on your own behalf.

Using the vouchers

What you can use your vouchers for

You can only use the vouchers:

You cannot use the vouchers at a business that is not registered to accept Premier's Back to School NSW Vouchers. 

Minimum voucher transaction

When making a purchase, you can use a minimum of one voucher valued at $50. 

If you do not use the full value of the voucher

If you spend less than $50 for a purchase at a registered business, you cannot use the remaining value of the voucher.

For example if you use a $50 voucher for a $5 item, neither you nor the business can claim the remaining value of $45.

Using the Service NSW app

When you successfully complete your application, your vouchers will be available for use through the Service NSW app. 

If you do not have a smart phone with the app, you may receive a digital voucher, paper voucher or SMS code. 

If you have a problem with your MyServiceNSW Account, visit our help topics.

Find a registered business

To find a registered business located near you or an online business with the eligible products you need, search the list of registered businesses.

    Using more than one voucher

    When you make a purchase at a registered business, you can use as many of your vouchers as you need.

    You cannot combine Premier's Back to School NSW Vouchers with vouchers from other programs such as Active Kids or Creative Kids.

    Transfer or gifting of vouchers

    The vouchers must only be used by the person registered to receive the vouchers. 

    Vouchers cannot be:

    • transferred to or used by anyone other than the registered recipient
    • redeemed as a gift, tip or donation to a registered business
    • exchanged for cash, a gift voucher or a credit note from the registered business
    • donated to charity 
    • transferred to a business that is not registered to accept vouchers.

    If a voucher does not work

    If a voucher is invalid and cannot be redeemed, you're responsible for paying the business for the cost of the goods you've purchased.

    To report problems with vouchers, contact Service NSW.

    Online purchases

    The vouchers cannot be used to cover shipping costs for online purchases. See the full list of eligible expenses.

    Language translations

    You can select to view the Service NSW website in another language of your preference including:

    Find out more about language translation options.

    Privacy and fraud

    Use of information

    We only collect the information we need that allows you to:

    • apply for and use the Premier's Back to School NSW Vouchers
    • find out about related transactions or services.

    We are bound by privacy laws in our use of information about you and the businesses registered to accept vouchers.

    For more information, see our privacy policy and privacy management plan.

    Problems with applying for the vouchers

    If you cannot complete your application, another member of your family may have already applied.

    If you're concerned your application is unsuccessful because you've been a victim of fraud, contact us on 13 77 88.

    Reporting suspected fraud

    If you're aware of an activity that could be breaking the voucher rules, you can report:

    Your report may lead to investigation and/or de-registration of the business from the program.

    Related information

    Last updated: 8 February 2023