Sports voucher scheme now on offer for preschoolers and big kids in the NT

Sports voucher scheme now on offer for preschoolers and big kids in the NT

by Freya Lucas

February 01, 2022

Children living in the Northern Territory, from preschool to year 12, are now eligible for more than $6 million under the Territory Government’s Sport Voucher program, which can be used with more than 250 local sport, cultural, drama and musical providers.


In 2022 the vouchers can be used for swimming and music programs – including instrument hire – if delivered during school hours by registered activity providers. Territory parents and guardians will be able to apply for one of three voucher categories:


Urban sport vouchers – Families with children enrolled in urban schools are entitled to a $100 sport voucher each semester to help with the cost of their child participating in a chosen sport, active recreation or cultural activity, with the addition to use these funds to pay for music lessons, instrument hire and swimming lessons within school.


Remote sport vouchers – Under the remote program, regional councils or Aboriginal corporations undertake remote community consultation to identify sport, active recreation or cultural activity preferences to provide in remote communities.


Learn-to-swim – Provides children aged birth to five years of age who are not enrolled in Transition or school with two $100 vouchers each semester to assist in reducing the cost of participating in water safety programs.


During 2021, 31,200 vouchers were redeemed with more than 2,378 Learn to swim vouchers used.


“The sport vouchers mean parents and guardians can better manage the cost of these activities, and they also open the door for children to try new things and learn new skills,” Minister for Sport Kate Worden said. 


To apply for the 2022 Sport and Learn to Swim Vouchers for Semester One, please see here.