$100 Sporting Rebate – Welcome News For Parents
Think about the average sporting family. Junior cricket fees range from $300 to $600 each year, this does not include the cost of equipment. Swimming training fees may cost between $300 and $500 per year. Junior AFL registration fees fall anywhere between $100 and $200 each year. The benefits of sport and physical activity for your kids are obvious. But, there is a substantial financial cost to keep your kids active and involved in a sport. Well, that’s why the Active Kids Rebate, a cash payment of $100 for each child enrolled in a NSW school starting 1 January 2018, will be welcome news for sporting families.
Why Has The Sporting Rebate Been Introduced?
The NSW Government announced the Active Kids Rebate in the 2017-18 State Budget on June 19, 2017. The rebate supports the NSW Premier’s, Gladys Berejiklian, priority to reduce overweight and obesity rates of children by 5 per cent over 10 years. Also, the rebate aims to reduce the cost of sports registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend and structured fitness or physical activity. “Whether it’s strapping on their boots, donning a netball bib or pulling on their team colours, this is about making sure families don’t have to stretch their budgets to ensure their kids are active and healthy,” said Sports Minister Stuart Ayres.
How Long Does The Sporting Rebate Last For?
$207 million has been set aside for the Kids Active Rebate over four years starting 1 January 2018. This means that parents will be able to claim the Active Kids Rebate of $100 each year for each child until 2022 to reduce the cost of getting their kids into sporting teams or fitness activities like school holiday sports camps.
Who Qualifies For The Rebate And How Can It Be Used?
The $100 Active Kids Rebate is available to families of all income levels. It will not be means tested. To qualify for the rebate, your child must be enrolled in a school in NSW. It will be available to every school child wanting to get active in their community through sport and active recreation.
According to the NSW Government Office of Sport, the types of sporting activities the rebate could be used to pay for could include: traditional sport such as netball, football or basketball; swimming classes or lessons; as well as other fitness or physical activities such as gymnastics or athletics.
A comprehensive list of eligible sports and activities will be finalised following community consultation ahead of the start date, to allow providers to register with the NSW Office of Sport. The vouchers will be redeemable through approved sport, fitness and physical activity providers upon registration.
How Can Parents Register For The $100 Rebate?
The NSW Government Office of Sport will work in partnership with Treasury and Service NSW to implement the systems required to enable families to access their voucher through an online process.
The Office of Sport will work closely with approved sport, fitness and physical activity providers to support the largely volunteer workforce in implementing streamlined systems to allow users to redeem their vouchers upon registration.
Where Can I Find More Information?
More information will be available on the website as the program details are further developed: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids
Can I Use The $100 Rebate For School Holiday Sports Camps?
Reading between the lines, $100 Active Kids Rebate would apply to school holiday sports camps. More information will be available on our website once the Active Kids Rebate program details are further developed.