All the NSW government vouchers you can claim in 2022

·News Reporter
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While 2021 has been a disruptive year for everyone, the New South Wales Government has offered some incentives to assist with getting things back on track.

From dining and travel vouchers to swimming lesson subsidies, there are quite a few vouchers NSW residents may be eligible to apply for giving them a bit of a cash boost.

Here are some of the incentives, vouchers and subsidies that the New South Wales Government are offering to residents in 2022.

NSW First Lap learn-to-swim voucher

This newly available First Lap Swim voucher kicked off December 1 to encourage parents to enrol their children in swimming lessons after swim school closures were in place for three months due to lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The $100 voucher is for parents, guardians, and carers of children aged three to six years old who are not enrolled in school, to go towards the cost of swimming lessons.

A group of young children at the pool during swimming class.
The new swim school incentive for young children was introduced in December 2021. Source: Getty Images

The program has also been extended to include children enrolled in kindergarten ​​in 2021 or 2022.

The government-funded program — which will be run through various swimming lesson providers — will cost $54 million over the next two financial years.

How to apply:

The First Lap voucher program can be applied for via the Service NSW app, online or at a Service NSW centre.

Stay NSW Voucher

Get ready to pack your bags because in 2022 every adult in NSW will receive a $50 travel voucher.

In an effort to boost the travel industry the vouchers can go towards the cost of booking accommodation and assist accommodations providers who were impacted by Covid-19.

From March 2022, NSW residents over the age of 18 will each receive a $50 voucher that can be used seven days a week (including public holidays) towards accommodation at participating providers in NSW.

Couple eating breakfast in hotel room.
The Stay voucher, previously called Stay & Rediscover, can go towards the cost of a hotel stay through an registered provider in New South Wales. Source: Getty Images

Ahead of the state-wide launch in 2022, the government is conducting a pilot with eligible participants to ensure the scheme runs smoothly when it is rolled out.

How to apply:

NSW residents are unable to apply until the pilot has been complete. Vouchers will be available from March 2022.

Creative Kids voucher

The New South Wales Government offers parents a $100 voucher each year for creative activities per child.

Children who are eligible need to be aged between 4.5 to 18 years old and enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE New South Wales can also apply.

Each applicant must also be a NSW resident and listed on a current Medicare card.

Kids dance fitness class.
All school-aged children are entitled to the $100 voucher each year. Source: Getty Images

The voucher can be used throughout the year on a range of activities including dance, music, drama, drawing and other creative arts. Parents can find a full list of providers who accept the voucher, here.

There’s one big change that will apply to these vouchers from January 1, 2022.

The focus of the Creative Kids program will move towards encouraging real-time (live) activities.

This means things like Art kit programs, pre-recorded video lessons and online programs that are not delivered in real-time will no longer be eligible.

How to apply:

Parents and guardians of those who meet the eligibility criteria can apply via the Service NSW App.

Dine and Discover Vouchers

Back in October, it was announced that NSW residents would receive an additional two Dine and Discover vouchers from December 1.

The deadline for all vouchers was also extended until June 30, 2022.

An additional two vouchers were also released to New South Wales residents taking the total number of $25 vouchers from four to six.

This total includes three $25 dine vouchers and three $25 discover vouchers.

A group of young people enjoying dinner party and smiling sitting at a dining room table.
NSW residents now have $150 to spend across dine and discover registered businesses. Source: Getty Images

If you haven't already, residents can apply for the vouchers online and once activated will need to use the single-use vouchers in person at a participating business.

The scheme, which was launched in March 2021, is worth $250 million and has already been used by more than 4.8 million people.

How to apply:

Applying for the vouchers can be done via the Service NSW app. Residents will need to show two forms of identification to be eligible.

Active kids voucher

Each year the NSW government offers school-aged children two $100 vouchers to go towards sport and active recreation activities.

The vouchers are distributed twice throughout the year per child.

However, the two Active Kids vouchers can not be used for the same activity within the same term. They will need to be split into separate terms across the year.

A soccer player readying to kick the ball in training.
School-aged children in NSW are eligible for two $100 vouchers towards active recreation activities per year. Source: Getty Images.

The vouchers are available to school children aged between 4.5 and 18 years who are enrolled in school, home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE New South Wales.

There’s a long list of registered activity providers who can be found searched by suburb on the Service NSW website.

How to apply:

Parents, carers, or guardians can apply for the voucher via the Service NSW app or website and will need to have a a MyServiceNSW Account. They will also need to provide one proof of identity document for the parent, carer, or guardian and their child's Medicare card details.

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