3 days left for Aussie parents to claim $100 cash boost

NSW parents have just a few days left to claim the vouchers before they halve in size.

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NSW parents still have time to claim these $100 vouchers, but they’ll need to get in quick. (Source: Getty)

The NSW government is slashing its popular Active Kids vouchers from $100 to $50 in the coming days, with the scheme set to be means-tested from next year.

Introduced by the previous Coalition government in 2018, the scheme gives parents access to two $100 vouchers for their school-age children to put towards sport and recreational activities.

Parents have until June 30 to use up the current $100 Active Kids voucher, along with the $100 Creative Kids, $150 Back To School and $100 First Lap vouchers.

From July 1, two new vouchers (of lower value) will be available as an interim measure until the government introduces its new means-tested voucher scheme next year.

What is available from July 1?

From July 1, a new $50 Active Kids voucher will be made available to all school-age children in NSW. Parents will be able to claim it regardless of previous vouchers.

A new $50 Creative Kids voucher will also be available to all school-age children and can be put towards creative and cultural activities such as art, drama and music.

Unlike the Active Kids voucher, this will only be available to parents who haven’t spent their existing 2023 Creative Kids voucher.

The government has also extended the First Lap swim voucher for 12 months, to the value of $50.

How do I claim the vouchers?

Parents, guardians and carers can claim the Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers through Service NSW. To do this, you’ll need to have or create a MyServiceNSW account.

You can claim one voucher for each eligible child. You’ll need to provide your child’s name, date of birth and Medicare number. There are also some questions about your child’s current activities.

The new vouchers will be valid from July 1, 2023 until the new scheme is in place from February 1, 2024.

What’s changing next year?

From early 2024, the NSW government will offer a new combined $50 voucher that will cover activities currently under the Active Kids and Creative Kids voucher programs.

The $50 voucher will be issued twice a year, at the start of terms 1 and 3.

Unlike the current schemes, which are available to all school-age children, the new scheme will be means-tested.

It will be available to NSW families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A. According to the government, this covers around 600,000 of the 1.35 million school-age kids in the state.

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