Borrowing from a successful program launched in NSW three years ago, the ACT Liberals are pledging to provide Canberra families with "active and creative kids vouchers" to help pay for sports club registrations and equipment.
"The vouchers, to the tune of $200 per student, can be used for things such as soccer, cricket, dance, ballet and so many other recreational and sporting pursuits, " Liberals leader Alistair Coe said on Saturday.
"We know that Canberra families are doing it tough.
"We know that the cost of living is prohibitive and that's why this program, which has worked so successfully in NSW, is such a good addition to Canberra and we look forward to implementing it should the Liberals be elected to government."
He said the $200 would be delivered in two allotments of $100 vouchers during the school year. Students from years 7 to 9 would be eligible, regardless of the school attended.
"You could use it for registering your child to take part in such things as baseball, cricket or dance classes," he said.
"It's been a tough time for sporting clubs, too. We know a lot of sponsorship has dried up during COVID so this is a really good outcome for them, too."
He said the ACT program had been costed at $7 million over four years.
In NSW, there had been more than 2.6 million vouchers created and 2.1 million redeemed over the program's three years of operation to date.
The voucher eligibility in NSW was much wider than proposed by the ACT Liberals. In NSW, the vouchers were age-structured and available for children in kindergarten through to year 12.
For girls, the most popular activities to which the vouchers had been used were dance, swimming, netball, soccer and gymnastics. For boys, it had been soccer, rugby league, basketball and swimming.