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As the cost of living continues to soar, the NSW government has revealed a sweetener for parents – $150 vouchers to spend on school uniforms, shoes, bags and textbooks.

The cash boost is part of the NSW 2022/2023 Budget, and will provide families with a $150 subsidy for each child who attends primary or secondary school in NSW in 2023.

The program is aimed at helping families with their budgets, as well as give kids what they need to start the school year.

“We want to give our children the best start to the school year while also taking the pressure off
the family budget, leaving more money in your pocket at the end of the week,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

“We are investing in our students so they can achieve the best possible results in the classroom
to help secure a brighter future for NSW families.”

Who is eligible for the $150 vouchers?

The program will run from 1 January 2023 to 30th June 2023. To be eligible a child must be a NSW resident, enrolled in primary or secondary school in NSW in 2023 and be listed on a Medicare card.

The back-to-school $150 payments will be available via the Service NSW app from early next year. The NSW government says it will reveal more about the program in the coming months.

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  • Will be good to get the small school boost back again, won’t cover a lot but will help regardless

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  • Help with costs will no doubt be most welcome.

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  • Would be nice to get a little bonus to help with school!

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  • It’s always nice to get a bonus. Especially with it being per child. Government schools are supposed to be free education, but when you consider the uniform, stationery and excursions costs it gets pricey.

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  • A wonderful idea, although it sucks for parents who have preschool kids, kids that need clothes, lunch boxes, bags etc, but no help!

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  • this is just like the back to school payments we had a few years ago….same diff..new year!

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  • These would be great for Victorian families too….please.

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  • Wish we were eligible in Vic too

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  • Will help families in an expensive time of year


    • Many rising costs and no doubt any help is useful.

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  • This will certainly help towards school supplies.

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  • It really helps, there are so many struggling

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  • That’s great, my eldest starts kindergarten next year, every little bit helps.

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  • This never used to happen at all – I really think modern parents don’t realise how much the government helps them. The strange thing though is that I fully believe us older parents enjoyed our children and their milestones so much more than modern day parents do. They are only little for a few years – that’s when parents can enjoy their first step, their first word, their first genuine cuddle and their greatest bonding. Miss this and you have missed all what is beautiful about having a child.

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  • That is a good idea

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  • Where’s mine? Looks like Tassie misses out again and we have some of the highest living costs in Australia!

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