Dance included in NSW Govt Active Kids Program
$100 Rebate Available
A new program by NSW Government, launching on January 31st, will allocate $207 million over four years to establish Active Kids.
NSW Government Active Kids is a program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities. It will provide a cash rebate for families supporting their children in physical activities outside of school. And in a first – dance is included in this rebate!!
Parents of school children across New South Wales are encouraged to take advantage of the $100 ‘Active Kids’ rebate for sporting and fitness related costs.
The voucher can be used for registration or membership fees for structured activities of no less than eight weeks’ duration that provide a moderate to vigorous level of physical activity, for example:
- sporting pursuits
- swimming lessons
- structured fitness program
- outdoor education programs
- approved active recreation (dance etc)
- equipment ordinarily provided by the provider on registration for competition.
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.
The vouchers will be redeemable through approved sport, fitness and physical activity providers upon registration.
“This rebate was the soul of this year’s State Budget because it addressed what matters most – helping families by easing their cost of living,” NSW Treasurer Mr Perrottet said.
“As a parent, I know how important it is to keep your kids physically active, but I also know how household costs can add up.
“We want to ease the pressure on families where we can, and our hope is that parents take advantage of this rebate and enrol their children in their preferred sport.”
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said from 31 January 2018 parents will be able to log into the Service NSW Active Kids account to find registered providers for their preferred activity and those operating in their local area.
“Every dollar counts in the household budget and this is $100 back into the pockets of mums and dads so more kids can play sport,” Mr Ayres said.
“We’re helping to ensure families don’t have to stretch their budgets to ensure their kids are active and healthy.”
The Office of Sport is continuing to work active recreation peak bodies and State Sporting Organisations to pre-load them into the Service NSW Active Kids platform to ensure parents can redeem vouchers with a wide range of registered providers on launch of the program.
From 31 January 2018, parents/guardians/carers of an eligible child resident in NSW will be able to download vouchers from the online platform or at any Service NSW Centre.
Get your dance studio director to register as a provider today! >> sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids/provider
For further information and guidelines visit: sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids