Marshall plays chasey in kids' sports vouchers generosity
The Marshall government hopes it's a sporting chance of avoiding being a 1-term government as it looks to play catch-up with eastern states' generosity towards kids' sport.
Premier Steven Marshall said a second-term Liberal government would redouble the vouchers for school aged children, which the government doubled from $50 it took office in 2018.
Victoria's similar scheme already provides $200 vouchers for sports participation. After 3 rounds of their program, as at 15 February 33,000 vouchers had been issued, with Community Sport Minister Ros Spence saying:
“We know the vouchers have been highly successful, with almost 30 per-cent of recipients so far joining a sports club for the first time, that’s thousands of young people who wouldn’t have been able to get involved if it weren’t for the program.”
In New South Wales, every school-enrolled child in NSW is eligible for two $100 Active Kids vouchers per year towards the cost of sport and active recreation fees.
South Australian taxpayers subsidised children's sport participation to the tune of $7 million in the last budget via the expanded Sports Vouchers Program. Previously capped for children in year 7 downwards, the government expanded eligibility up to year 9.
The current SA Sports Vouchers offer a $100 discount on sports, dance and swimming lesson memberships or registration fees.
Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard in November:
“The Marshall Government believes that cost should never be a barrier to allowing our kids to be more active which is why we doubled the value of the voucher from $50 to $100 when we came into government in 2018.”