Rebates for community sport available to parents

The voucher can be used for registration and membership fees or uniform costs. Picture: ON FILE.

Parents in the Upper Yarra with children playing at local sports clubs can now apply for a $200 rebate from the Victorian Government to help cover the costs of helping kids stay active.

Local sporting clubs and organisations can register as a Get Active Lids Voucher activity provider and redeem the vouchers for parents.

The Victorian Government has provided $21 million for the program. I previous rounds of the voucher, families would pay registration for the sport upfront and then be reimbursed. Now registered activity providers will lodge the voucher codes and are credited with the costs of registration or membership fees.

The vouchers can also be used for costs of uniforms and equipment. Clubs, associations and organisations must be registered to redeem the vouchers and must be affiliated with a recognised State Sporting Association or governing body.

More than 33,000 vouchers have been claimed across the first three rounds of the Get Active Kids Voucher Program, which is open to children aged up to 18-years-old who are named on a valid commonwealth health care card or pensioner concession card and named on a valid Medicare card at the time of the application.

Special consideration is also available to support children in care, temporary or provisional visa holders, undocumented migrants and international students up to 18-years-old at the time of the application.

Applications are now open and close at 5pm on 31 May. Families can continue to claim reimbursement for expenses already incurred.

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