How parents can access $150 worth of back to school vouchers in one Aussie state to reduce costs in 2023
- Parents in NSW can claim $150 worth of vouchers for their school-aged children
- They can get access to the funding using the Service NSW app and applying
- The Northern Territory also has blanket funding for all enrolled students
- Other states and territories offer funding for people in financial hardship only
Parents are being encouraged to make use of $150 worth of government funded ‘back to school’ vouchers before classes start back in 2023.
The New South Wales Government’s back to school program offers three $50 vouchers per eligible child.
One woman who had never heard of the back to school scheme posted a screen shot of the Service NSW reminder on a the popular ‘mums who budget’ page.
Parents are being encouraged to make use of $150 worth of government funded ‘back to school’ vouchers before classes start back in 2023
‘A friend of mine just shared this. I’m not in NSW so don’t know how it works, but thought it might be helpful,’ she wrote.
The note reminds parents they can collect $150 per child to help with uniforms, shoes, bags, textbooks and stationary.
But the vouchers can only be used at listed businesses and must be spent before June 30, 2023.
Parents, guardians and carers have to apply for the vouchers and prove they are a NSW resident, that their child is enrolled in a school or registered for homeschooling and is listed on a valid Medicare card.
Children doing year 11 and 12 equivalents at TAFE are also eligible for the vouchers.
The application is done through the My Services NSW app, children wishing to apply themselves need to go in to a Service NSW office.
The post had parents asking about similar schemes in their home states.
‘So good, does anyone know if QLD has something similar?’ one mum asked.
‘I wish Queensland did this,’ said another.
While a third simply wrote: ‘Vic???’.
A mother from the Northern Territory said her children get two separate allowances, one for sport and one for other subjects.
Queensland does have a textbook and resource allowance for secondary students. Parents have to contact their school to apply for the funding.
The New South Wales Government’s back to school program offers three $50 vouchers per eligible child
Victoria has a number of financial schemes running, including the State school’s relief which offers help to families facing hardship.
They also have funding for camps, excursions and sports events.
The Northern Territory government offers $150 to all students, similar to the NSW scheme.
The money is collected from the child’s school and can only be uses to purchase items from the school directly.
Canberrans can also apply for payments from the state’s ‘future of education equity fund’.
The fund offers up to $400 for preschool students, $500 for primary students and $750 for high school students.
The South Australian Government highlights the national schemes on their resource page while Western Australia didn’t appear to offer any assistance in getting back to school.