Free Money! and Sporting Parent Benefits…

Updated: Mar 7


Sport participation is synonymous with being a kid growing up in Australia. However, as a child myself growing up, I can’t remember ever once asking if my parents could afford it.


… The next pair of boots, or tennis racquet was the main agenda.


I don’t envy the financial burden of parents in the sporting arena and more importantly, single parents. Every parent wants to provide the best opportunity for their child to succeed.


Combined with all the expenses that come with having a child, sport in some instances is a luxury. With 2 or more kids… on a single income… need I say more!


Here’s where I’ve done the hard work for you.


Everyone loves free money! Well, it kind of is. All you have to commit is 10 min of your time.


Below are links for majority of states within Australia to access rebates for your child’s/children’s sporting participation.


Australia

The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.

https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/local_sporting_champions


QLD

Parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for their child, which can be used towards membership, registration or participation fees with registered activity providers.

https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay/apply


NSW

The Active Kids program, launched in 2018, aims to increase participation of school-enrolled children in sport and physical activity by providing parents with vouchers to help cover the cost of registration and membership fees.


Families can now access two separate $100 vouchers for each school-enrolled child. This means more kids can get involved in physical activity and learn healthy habits from a young age.

https://sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids


The Active Kids program provides two $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year.

https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-active-kids-voucher


The Active and Creative Kids programs offer NSW parents the chance to claim $100 per child for activities such as sports clubs, music lessons and language schools.

https://www.kidspot.com.au/news/nsw-parents-can-claim-200-for-their-kids-extra-curricular-activities/news-story/07e29bf2e0850e369fc40934ecbdd18f


VIC

Support is available to assist with costs of travel for high performance athletes to represent Victoria and emerging athletes traveling to train or compete at events that contribute to their development within their sporting pathway. Assistance is also available for officials and coaches travel.

https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/athlete-pathway-travel-grants-program


TAS

Ticket to Play is a Tasmanian Government initiative designed to reduce the cost of participating in club sporting activities for Tasmanian children.

The key objective of Ticket to Play is to increase the number of young Tasmanians playing sport and supporting the Tasmanian Government’s objective of Tasmania being the healthiest population by 2025.

https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/ticket-to-play/information-for-parents-guardians-carers


SA

The Sports Vouchers program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. The program provides an opportunity for primary school aged children from Reception to Year 7 to receive up to a $100 discount on sports or dance membership/registration fees. 

https://www.sportsvouchers.sa.gov.au/


WA

Eligible children in Western Australia can receive up to $150 per calendar year to cover the costs of joining any approved KidSport club.

Vouchers can also be used across multiple KidSport clubs, helping more children to get active and connect with community sport.

https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/funding/sport-and-recreation-funding/kidsport/information-for-parents


NT

The Sport Voucher Scheme is available to every school-enrolled child from preschool to year 12 and home-schooled children.

Children living in an urban area are eligible to receive two $100 sport vouchers each year. One in January and one in July, for sport, recreation and cultural activities.

Parents or carers need to apply for vouchers online each semester.

https://nt.gov.au/leisure/sport/sport-and-swim-vouchers/sport-voucher-scheme-urban/get-sport-vouchers-for-your-child


Being a sporting parent has never been easy. Sharing opportunities like these among our community will not only help ease the load on you as an individual but continue to help the youth of our future flourish through participation in sport!


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