Why does the NSW Government want to get kids active?
Data from the NSW Population Health Survey shows that 75 per cent of children in NSW are not meeting the daily recommended level of physical activity, which is 60 active minutes each day. Further, 22 per cent of children aged 5-16 years are reported as being overweight or obese.
The Active Kids program, launched in 2018, aims to increase participation of school-enrolled children in sport and physical activity by providing parents with vouchers to help cover the cost of registration and membership fees. Active Kids has is funded until June 2023 so there’s still plenty of opportunity to be a part of the program.
With 44 per cent of children spending more than two hours a day on sedentary leisure activities, the Active Kids program plays a crucial role in shifting physical activity behaviours of children and instilling healthy lifestyle habits.
Families can now access two separate $100 vouchers for each school-enrolled child. This means more kids can get involved in physical activity and learn healthy habits from a young age. The vouchers may be used with an approved Active Kids provider.
Data collected for Active Kids allows the NSW Government to measure the impacts and benefits of the program. This allows us to better tailor strategies to improve child participation.
Below is a live dashboard with some key information on the performance of the Active Kids program.
The default dashboard is for the whole State of New South Wales for the current calendar year to date. You can edit the filters at the top of the dashboard for details on specific locations.