We are pretty lucky in the NT and have a number of voucher schemes available through the Northern Territory Government to help with the costs of our kids. These vouchers include the Back to school voucher, School sports voucher and the learn to swim vouchers. This blog outlines how you apply for your vouchers, where and what you can claim plus all the details you need to know.
NT Vouchers for kids
Back to School vouchers
One of the NT Vouchers for kids available is the Back to school payment. Every child enrolled in a NT Government or non Government school from Preschool to Year 12 will receive a $150 back to school payment for educational goods or services. These payments must be used in Term 1 of each school year. These payments are claimed through the school office. You can claim your entitlement from the school your child first attends in Term 1. You do not need to produce any documentation in order to use the entitlement and is only available through your child’s school.
Items you can use for the school payments include: school uniforms, school hats, textbooks, stationery book packs, school excursions, school swimming lessons, student ID cards, stationery (including calculators, flash drives, school diaries), student photography, school camps and elective activities.
Even if the excursion/camp/activities etc do not occur in Term 1 you can still nominate and pay for that activity, for a date later in the year. For example if the School camp occurs in Term 3 you can still nominate $40 from the Back to school payment to go towards the school camp fees.
There are some things which the Back to school payment will not cover and some conditions of use. To read all of these details click here or speak with your school directly.
NT School Sports Vouchers
School aged children living in Urban areas of the NT are eligible to receive two $100 school sports vouchers. One voucher in January and one in July you can use these vouchers on sport, recreation and cultural activities.
A new update to this voucher scheme is that vouchers used to be issued through schools. From now, January 2019 onward you will need to apply online for your child’s vouchers.
Some key dates regarding vouchers. Applications open on the first day of the school year. Applications close on 24 May each year. All vouchers expire on 31 May each year
Here is the list of providers where you can use your child’s school sports voucher.
Once you receive the School sports voucher take it along to your chosen provider. They will then reduce the fees/registration of the activity.
For more information about the School sports voucher scheme head here.
Learn to Swim vouchers
If your child is under five years old and not enrolled in preschool or school, you can apply for learn to swim vouchers in the Northern Territory. You can receive two $100 learn to swim vouchers in a year – one in January and one in July.
Your child must register for the water safety awareness program run by the Royal Life Saving Society. Then complete the water safety awareness program before you apply for the learn to swim voucher.
To be eligible for the Learn to swim voucher your child must be: a resident of the NT, under five years old, not enrolled in preschool or school and registered with Royal Life Saving NT water safety awareness program. Register for the Royal Life Saving NT water safety awareness program here.
Once you have completed the water safety awareness program you can then apply for your child’s learn to swim voucher here.
Once you have received your voucher, enrol your child with a registered provider. Here is the list of providers where you can redeem your learn to swim vouchers.
Learn to Swim vouchers expire on 31 May each year.
We hope you this blog has explained all the NT Vouchers available and the processes to claim.