NSW parents who homeschooled their children during lockdown last year can now claim $250 in vouchers by applying online.
Beginning Monday, one person from each eligible household will receive five $50 vouchers that can be used to book lodging or entertainment in the state through early October.
Parents must apply to participate in the parent voucher program by following a five-step process through the Service NSW website.
The vouchers will then become available in the Service NSW app, or can be picked up at service centers.
Below is Daily Mail Australia’s guide to setting up the vouchers.
Parents get another back-to-school cash boost in recognition of months spent homeschooling their children during 2021 Covid lockdowns
HOW TO APPLY FOR NSW PARENT VOUCHERS
Step One: Visit the Service NSW Website Application Portal for the Parent Vouchers Program
Step two: Login to the website with your account details and submit identification verification in the form of an Australian driver’s license and Medicare card
Step three: Verify that the MyService NSW account information is correct by checking your date of birth, email, address and phone number
Step four: Parents/guardians are asked to enter their Medicare information and that of their child, as well as their child’s date of birth, school and home address for screening purposes
Step Five: If eligible, parents can review and submit their application. Once approved, the vouchers will be automatically added to the voucher section of your Service NSW app
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older An NSW resident Holds a valid Medicare card Were the primary caregiver of a school-age child who was a school-enrolled child in 2021 Provided learning from home to the school-age child in your primary care facility during the 2021
To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be a resident of NSW, hold a valid Medicare card, have been the primary caregiver of a school-age child in 2021, and be homeschooled.
After creating an account and logging in, parents are taken to the first stage of the application process where they are asked to verify their identification by uploading an Australian driver’s license or Medicare card.
If this data is already in the Service NSW system, applicants can click a button that will automatically screen previous documents shared with the government site.
Parents will then be asked to verify that their MyService NSW account information is correct, including their date of birth, email, address and telephone number.
In the penultimate phase, the eligibility of applicants is checked. It requires parents to enter their and their child’s Medicare information, as well as their child’s date of birth, school, and home address.
If eligible, parents can review their application and submit it to the government for review.
The vouchers are automatically added to the Service NSW App after approval.
The five $50 vouchers can be used through early October to book lodging or entertainment in the state. Pictured: Big Banana tourist attraction in Coffs Harbor
The parent program will be followed later this month by the Stay NSW initiative, which will give anyone over the age of 18 a $50 voucher to spend with approved lodging providers.
“These vouchers are a double win: they encourage families to get out and enjoy the best of our state, while also providing much-needed revenue to businesses hit by the pandemic,” Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said.
He said the parent vouchers are “about thanking parents for their homeschooling efforts last year, making ends meet and supporting local businesses.”
The $50 vouchers can be combined to earn up to $250 and can also be pooled with friends and family booking accommodation together.
Bookings made through third party websites and travel agents are not eligible, but customers can search for approved accommodation providers.
Treasurer Matt Kean said the vouchers came in addition to a recent business support package.
Mr. Kean also announced that companies such as night camps and music education providers that were hit by Covid safety measures at school last year would be given access to a $14 million grant program.
“The grants will provide eligible businesses and nonprofits one-time payments equal to 40 percent of their revenue decline in Term 4, 2021 compared to prior years, to $15,000,” said Mr. Kean.
NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet (pictured with students last week) said the five $50 vouchers are ‘about thanking parents for their homeschooling efforts last year, making ends meet and supporting 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 also providing much-needed income to businesses hit by the pandemic.”
NSW recorded 7,437 new cases of Covid and 14 more deaths – half the number from the previous day – in the 24 hours to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
There are 2,099 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 222 fewer than the previous day, with 137 in intensive care.
After averaging nearly 30,000 cases per day in January, the number of daily cases fell to below 10,000 for the first time in more than five weeks on Saturday, when 8,389 cases were reported.
While the Omicron outbreak appears to have peaked, with hospital admissions stabilizing and cases falling, the government is urging people who qualify for a booster shot to get one.
About 43.8 percent of the state has received a booster, but nearly 90 percent qualifies because they got their second dose more than three months ago.
About a million people have been advised to wait after contracting the coronavirus in the past six weeks, and 16- and 17-year-olds were only eligible for the booster on Friday.
NSW parents have until early October to spend the $250 in vouchers to book lodging or entertainment with eligible providers
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