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The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program.

From 31 January 2018, parents/guardians/carers can apply for a voucher valued up to $100 per calendar year for each student enrolled in school. The voucher can be used for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and recreational activities during the calendar year it was issued.

The initiative aims to reduce barriers to participation and help change the physical activity behaviours of children and young people in NSW.

Starting 1 March 2018, sport and other recreational activity providers will be able to register to become an approved Active Kids provider.

To complete this registration, you’ll need to be an authorised associate of the organisation, as recorded by the Australian Business Register (ABR) or the NSW Incorporated Associations register. You’ll need:

  • your personal identity document (with details that match the details recorded with the ABR or the NSW Incorporated Associations register)
  • your organisation’s Australian Business Number (ABN), Australian Company Number (ACN) or Incorporation Number
  • a copy of your Certificate of Currency for public liability insurance, as issued by your insurer
  • bank account details for the account that will take reimbursements
  • activity details, including sports or activity type, location and provider website details.

All providers must be approved by the Office of Sport, and registered as an Active Kids provider before accepting vouchers.

Providers must hold appropriate skills, experience, or qualifications for low risk activities and appropriate accreditation for high risk activities, specifically swimming and fitness activities. Providers also need to hold Working with Children Check clearances for staff or volunteers, as required.

Eligible activities are those that are:

  • provided as part of a structured program of at least 8 weeks’ duration, and
  • involve regular moderate or intense levels of physical activity.

This includes:

  • sporting clubs/associations affiliated with a recognised State Sporting Organisation located in NSW, or
  • for-profit or not-for-profit activity providers located in NSW.

Costs eligible to be reimbursed to providers include:

  • registration fees
  • membership fees
  • participation fees.

Ineligible activities that cannot register in the program include:

  • gym membership that isn’t part of a structured program
  • activities or programs that are part of the school curriculum, held during school hours or run by schools (including on weekends)
  • after-school care services and tutors
  • travel to and from competitions
  • individual items that would normally be bought from a retailer (for example, jerseys, socks and boots).
  • Parents/guardians/carers can claim a voucher of up to $100 per eligible student, once a year.
  • Vouchers can only be accepted by registered providers.
  • Providers must not increase prices above a reasonable level.
  • Providers will be reimbursed within 28 days following commencement of the program.
  • From 1 March 2018, reimbursement to providers should occur within seven days of the redemption of vouchers, either through the provider’s MyServiceNSW Account or through a recognised registration platform, approved by the Office of Sport.
  • Providers will be reimbursed the actual value of the activity up to $100 and do not automatically receive $100 for each voucher.
  • No retrospective reimbursement of fees will be paid. Providers can allow for part or deferred payment at registration.

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