NSW parents who homeschooled their children during lockdown last year can now claim $250 in vouchers by applying online.
Starting Monday, one person from each eligible household will receive five $50 vouchers that can be used to book accommodation or entertainment in the state through early October.
Parents must register to participate in the Parent Voucher Scheme by following a five-step process via the Service NSW website.
Vouchers will then be available in the Service NSW app or can be collected from service centres.
Below is Daily Mail Australia’s guide to setting up vouchers.
Parents will receive another back-to-school cash boost in recognition of months spent home-schooling their children during Covid lockdowns in 2021
HOW TO APPLY FOR NSW PARENT VOUCHERS
The first step: Visit the Service NSW website application portal for the Parents Vouchers Scheme
Second step : Log in to the website using your account details and submit identity verification in the form of an Australian driving license and health card
Third step: Check that MyService NSW account details are correct by reviewing your date of birth, email address, address and telephone number
Fourth step: Parents/guardians will be asked to enter their and their child’s health insurance information, as well as their child’s date of birth, school, and residential address for eligibility verification purposes.
Fifth step: If deemed eligible, parents will be able to review and submit their application. Once approved, vouchers will automatically be added to the voucher section of your Service NSW app
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
- A resident of NSW
- Hold a valid health insurance card
- Was the primary caregiver for a school-aged child who was an in-school child in 2021
- Provided homeschooling to the school-aged child in your primary care during the 2021 year
To be eligible, applicants will need to be 18 years of age or older, be a resident of New South Wales, hold a valid Medicare card, have been the primary carer for a school-aged child in 2021 and have provided home schooling.
After creating an account and logging in, parents will proceed to the first step of the application process, where they will be asked to verify their identity by uploading an Australian driving license or Medicare card.
If these details are already in the Service NSW system, applicants can click a button which will automatically filter previous documents shared with the government site.
Next, parents will be asked to verify that their MyService NSW account details are correct, including their date of birth, email address, address and phone number.
The penultimate step verifies the eligibility of applicants. It requires parents to enter their and their child’s health insurance details, as well as their child’s date of birth, school and residential address.
If deemed eligible, parents will be able to review their application and submit it to the government for assessment.
Vouchers will automatically be added to the Service NSW app once approved.
The five $50 vouchers can be used to book accommodations or entertainment statewide through early October. Pictured: The Big Banana tourist attraction in Coffs Harbor
The program for parents will be followed by the Stay NSW initiative later this month, which will offer everyone over the age of 18 a $50 voucher to spend with approved accommodation providers.
“These vouchers are a double win: they encourage families to get out and enjoy the best our state has to offer while providing much-needed income to businesses impacted by the pandemic,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said.
He said Good Parents aimed to “thank parents for their home schooling efforts over the past year, help make ends meet and support local businesses”.
The $50 vouchers can be combined to reach $250 and can also be bundled with friends and family who book accommodation together.
Reservations made through third-party websites and travel agencies are not eligible, but customers will be able to search for approved accommodation providers.
Treasurer Matt Kean said the vouchers come on top of a recent business support scheme.
Mr Kean also announced that businesses such as overnight camps and music education providers hit by Covid school safety measures last year would have access to a $14million grant scheme.
“The grants will provide eligible businesses and nonprofits with one-time payments equal to 40% of their Term 4, 2021 revenue decline from previous years, up to $15,000,” said Mr Kean.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (pictured with students last week) said the five $50 vouchers are to ‘thank parents for their homeschooling efforts over the past year , help make ends meet and support local businesses.”
Mr. Perrottet said: “These vouchers are a double win: they encourage families to get out and enjoy the best of our state while providing much-needed income to businesses impacted by the pandemic.”
NSW recorded 7,437 new Covid cases and 14 more deaths – half the previous day’s tally – in the 24 hours to 4pm on Sunday.
There are 2,099 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 222 fewer than the day before, including 137 in intensive care.
After averaging nearly 30,000 cases a day throughout January, the number of daily cases fell below 10,000 for the first time in more than five weeks on Saturday, when 8,389 cases were reported .
As the Omicron outbreak appears to have peaked, with hospitalizations plateauing and cases falling, the government is pushing for those eligible for a booster shot to receive one.
Some 43.8% of the state have received a booster, but nearly 90% are eligible, having received their second dose more than three months ago.
About a million people have been advised to wait after catching coronavirus in the past six weeks, and 16 and 17-year-olds only became eligible for the recall on Friday.
Parents in NSW will have until early October to spend the $250 in vouchers to book accommodation or entertainment from eligible providers