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Active Kids / Creative Kids Rebates

posted 20 Jul 2019, 01:18 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 16 Nov 2019, 15:37 ]

The NSW Government has announced 2 Active Kids and 1 Creative Kids rebates of $100 each.  These are available to children aged between 4½ and 18 years.  These rebates may be used with any approved Active Kids Provider, like Scouts NSW, for registration and membership costs for sport and active recreation activities.  Active Kids 1 (AK1) and Creative Kids (CK1) are available to be claimed from January and Active Kids 2 (AK2) from July.  

State Government and Scouts NSW Rules:
  1. These rebates will be available each year from 2018 until 2021.
  2. AK1 and CK1 are available from January until December.  AK2 is available from July until December.
  3. The first Active Kids Rebate that a youth member applies to Scouts NSW each year will be put toward the youth member's membership fees (Scouts NSW component only - $42 per quarter plus their $35 joining fee).
  4. If both AK rebates are applied to Scouts NSW in the same year, the $100 from the second voucher will be paid to the Group to be used to cover activity expenses for the individual member.
  5. The CK Rebate can only be applied to Gang Show registrations.
How to apply for the rebates:
If you want to apply the Active Kids rebate to Scout NSW you need to do both of the following for each rebate:
  1. Apply for the rebate voucher from Services NSW using this link, then
  2. Register the voucher with Scouts NSW using this link.  
  3. Notify the Group Treasurer when you have applied the voucher through Scouts NSW so that we can make sure it is processed correctly.
Recommendation:
If you follow these, you will be able to reduce your annual fees by $100 and be able to apply $100 toward Scouting activities.
For existing members, you will gain the most benefit from these rebates if you apply the AK1 rebate before the middle of June and the AK2 rebate between July and late November.  I suggest earlier - don't leave it until the last few days or you will miss out if these are not processed on time.  Apply the AK1 when you pay the annual fees (before the middle of March) and the AK2 rebate after July.
For new members.  To gain the full benefit from these rebates, apply them before the middle of the upcoming quarter (March, June, September or late November).

Limitations:
If you don't follow the recommendations above:
For existing members, ie those who were invested before the middle of June of the current year.  If the first Active Kids Rebate that is applied to Scouts NSW is after the middle of June, there will be insufficient fees payable to Scouts NSW to cover the full $100 rebate.  If the rebate is applied between the middle of June and the middle of September the rebate available will be $84, or $42 if applied between the middle of September and late November.  The residual will be forfeited to Scouts NSW.  
For new members ie those invested before middle of September of the current year.  Refer to the Limitations for existing members if you do not apply your first AK rebate with Scouts NSW before the upcoming quarter.  If you reduce your fee payment by $100 and you are only eligible for a lesser amount you will be asked to pay the difference or it will be added to your next year's fee invoice.

Rules to be applied for the AK2 by the Epping Scout Group As at 27 July 2019.
  1. These rules will only apply if BOTH AK1 and AK2 vouchers for the same calendar year are applied to Scouts NSW.
  2. The Group Treasurer will maintain an account for each member who has applied both vouchers to Scouts NSW and deduct the relevant amount for each approved activity.
  3. Parents are to apply to the Treasurer when an eligible child is going to attend an approved activity. - See the next section for more details.
  4. For an activity to be approved, the cost must be $10 or more.  This will be reduced to $5 for Joey activities.
  5. Activity costs will not be allowed to be combined to reach the minimum amount.
  6. Transport costs, including use of an Opal Card, will be included providing the minimum spend for the activity is reached.
  7. Because a parent is required to accompany Joeys to activities, the cost for the parents can also be included.
  8. Any funds remaining at the end of December will automatically be applied to the youth member's annual fee invoice for the next year.
  9. If a youth member resigns and still has funds remaining, these funds will be transferred to another current family member of the Epping Scout Group or forfeited to the Group.
  10. Retrospective payments dating back to the "start of the current year only" will be allowed.
How to claim against your AK2 rebate:
When an approved activity is identified, and the cost has been determined:
  1. Parents of youth members who have an Active Kids balance are to send the following information to the Group Treasurer at treasurer@eppingscouts.com.au.  This table can be copied and pasted into an email.
  2. Send the email to the Group Treasurer and also copy this to the activity organiser.
  3. The funds will either be credited to the activity or be provided as a refund by EFT if the money has already been paid.

 Member's name 
 Membership Number 
 Section 
 Name of Activity  
 Amount to be Claimed 
 Balance since last claim 
 Remaining balance 
 If a refund is required: BSB:
  Acct:

How the CK1 rebate will be claimed:
Contact your Gang Show organiser to find out more about this.

Further information:
Further information can be found at the following links.
Active Kids:
You can save up to $300 each year with these rebates. If you have not applied for both of the Active Kids rebates for this year, you can still register before the end of the year


Peter Buckley
Epping Scout Group Leader

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