Active Kids

"Participation in Scouting leads to a lifelong association with the outdoors and an active lifestyle."

- Chief Commissioner, Neville Tomkins OAM JP

Scouts NSW is an approved provider of the Active Kids rebate.

Active Kids is a NSW Government program that helps families across the State meet the cost of getting their children into sport and active fitness and recreation activities, such as Scouts. Every child (4.5 – 18 years old) enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 is eligible for Active Kids. This includes those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW.

Parents and carers of school-aged children can claim two $100 Active Kids vouchers per child each calendar year. Voucher 1 is valid from 1 January through to December and Voucher 2 is valid from 1 July to December.

The Vouchers

Families can apply for and redeem BOTH of their Active Kids vouchers with Scouts! Voucher 1 can be redeemed with Scouts from 1 January to 17 December, and Voucher 2 can be redeemed from 1 July to 17 December.

All Active Kids vouchers redeemed with Scouts NSW will go towards the cost of the State Membership Fee (and the one-off joining fee for new members), ensuring families who want their children to enjoy the Scout program can send their children to Scouts.

How to claim your Active Kids vouchers and use them with Scouts

Redeeming your Active Kids vouchers with Scouts is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Apply for your Active Kids voucher on the Service NSW online portal here. You will need your current Medicare card.
2. Download a copy of your voucher.
3. When you receive your Scouts State Membership Fee invoice (sent to the primary contact email), proceed to the payment section, and select Active Kids Voucher as the payment method. You will need to enter your voucher number (with no spaces or dashes) and the system will then validate it, and take that amount off your balance due.

General Information and FAQs for Current Members

Active Kids - General Information + Existing Members

Further information about the NSW Government’s Active Kids program can be found here.

If you have any questions about redeeming your Active Kids Rebate vouchers with Scouts NSW please contact Scouts NSW Membership Team at info@nsw.scouts.com.au.

With permission from the NSW Office of Sport, all unused Active Kids rebate credits will be disbursed to the Scouts NSW Family Support Fund at the conclusion of each year to assist current and prospective youth members and young Leaders in genuine need of financial support with the cost of Scouting.

We’re sorry to hear that you are considering leaving Scouts. Once successfully redeemed, the Active Kids voucher value cannot be reimbursed as cash nor can it be transferred to another child. The voucher cannot be refunded back to you.

The NSW Office of Sport has strict guidelines regarding the Active Kids Rebate. Each voucher can only be redeemed once. This means that once a voucher has been successfully redeemed with Scouts NSW, it cannot be refunded back to you and used for a different provider.

The payment system will show that it has been redeemed and take you to the next step.

Unfortunately, Active Kids vouchers cannot be backdated. Scouts NSW wants families to receive the full benefits of the Active Kids rebate. If you have already paid your child’s Scouts NSW membership fees for the year, we encourage you to redeem your Active Kids voucher with another eligible provider.

Unfortunately, no. Active Kids vouchers are applied only to Scouts NSW’s annual membership fee and one-off joining fee.

Yes – if you have used your first Active Kids voucher with another provider, you can use your second voucher with Scouts NSW. All Active Kids vouchers redeemed with Scouts NSW will go towards the annual membership fee and the one-off joining fee if you are a new member.

Each voucher has a unique Active Kids number which is allocated to your unique Scouting member number. Our membership system matches the voucher number with your Scouting member number to identify which vouchers have already been redeemed with Scouts NSW or another provider.

The first Active Kids voucher from Service NSW can be redeemed from 1 January.

The second Active Kids voucher from Service NSW can be redeemed from 1 July.

All vouchers must be redeemed with Scouts NSW by December each year.

The two $100 Active Kids vouchers go towards covering Scouts NSW membership fees, and the one-off joining fee if your child is a new member.

Follow the steps below to use your Active Kids voucher with Scouts.

    • Step 1 – APPLY: Head to the Service NSW online portal and log into or create your MyServiceNSW account. Fill in the Active Kids form to apply for your Active Kids voucher. If your application is approved, a voucher will be displayed at the end of the transaction and emailed to your nominated email address.
    • Step 2 – DOWNLOAD: Download a copy of your voucher. Keep note of your voucher number, as this is important for redeeming the voucher with Scouts.
    • Step 3 – REDEEM: Open your Scouts NSW Invoice (which is sent by email to the primary member contact email address), go to pay and choose Active Kids Voucher as a payment method. Please note though vouchers can only be used if there is a balance due of more than $100 (the value of each voucher) – this is a NSW State Government requirement.

FAQs for Prospective Members

Active Kids - Prospective Members FAQS

Further information about the NSW Government’s Active Kids program can be found here.

If you have any questions about redeeming your Active Kids Rebate vouchers with Scouts NSW please contact Scouts NSW Membership Team at info@nsw.scouts.com.au.

New members who join Scouts can use Active Kids vouchers to pay their joining fee and State Membership Fee. Simply use your voucher as a payment method when you go to pay the invoice. Individual Groups may also charge a Group fee to help offset the cost of activities and supplies. This Group fee is not covered by the Active Kids Voucher.

Welcome to Scouts NSW! Thank you for making the worthwhile decision to invest in your child’s growth and development with Scouts, and for choosing Scouts NSW as your preferred Active Kids provider.

To have the value of your Active Kids vouchers credited to your membership costs, you will need to complete a Youth Application (Y1) Form here. Once complete, you your Group Leader will endorse your application and it will continue on for processing by the State Member Services team.

You are able to submit your Active Kids voucher(s) prior to completing a Y1 form and becoming a registered member in Scoutlink, however, your voucher(s) value will not be credited towards your membership until the Y1 and Scoutlink account are completed.

Please follow the steps below to redeem your Active Kids voucher with Scouts.

  • Step 1 – APPLY: Head to the Service NSW online portal and log into or create your MyServiceNSW account. Fill in the Active Kids form to apply for your Active Kids voucher. If your application is approved, a voucher will be displayed at the end of the transaction and emailed to your nominated email address.
  • Step 2 – DOWNLOAD: Download a copy of your voucher. Keep note of your voucher number, as this is important for redeeming the voucher with Scouts.
  • Step 3 – REDEEM: Open your Scouts NSW Invoice (which is sent by email to the primary member contact email address), go to pay and choose Active Kids Voucher as a payment method. Please note though vouchers can only be used if there is a balance due of more than $100 (the value of each voucher) – this is a NSW State Government requirement.

Key Dates

1 January 2021: Active Kids voucher 1 available to redeem

1 July 2021: Active Kids voucher 2 available to redeem

December 2021: Cut-off date for all 2021 Active Kids voucher redemptions

Questions about Active Kids?

Email our Member Services team on memberservices@nsw.scouts.com.au.

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