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The rebates helping NSW families save on transport, tolls and sport

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Four rebates for NSW residents can help them save hundreds of dollars on the cost of living.

For more, the Commonwealth government lists 104 energy rebates listed on servicesaustralia.gov.au and the NSW Government has 70 rebates and savings at service.nsw.gov.au that are worth checking out.

Regional Seniors Travel Card

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Released this month is the new regional seniors travel card. It comes loaded with $250 for eligible seniors living in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW. It is a subsidy to help ease the cost of travel and can be used at certain retailers to pay for pre-booked NSW Trainlink regional trains and coaches as well as fuel and taxis.

The travel card is valid for 14 months from the date the card is issued.  Applications are now open and cards will be distributed from mid-February 2020. It is for a two-year trial period (2020-2021).

IVF rebate

To defer the high cost of IVG, the Pre-IVF Fertility Testing Rebate kicked in from October 1 last year for eligible NSW residents to cover the costs of fertility testing.

The $500 can be used for out-of-pocket costs for pelvic ultrasounds, ovulation tests and semen analysis. It is available up until June 30, 2023.

Active and creative kids rebate

If you have kids make sure you capture rebates such as the ones for school-enrolled children at a registered activity provider for sport, fitness or recreation activities. In NSW you can receive two $100 rebates this year.

Toll rebates

Frequent toll road users in NSW can get free vehicle registration if they have spent $1300 or more on tolls in the previous financial year or an average of $25 a week.

From July 1 last year, drivers who have spent $780 or more during the previous financial year (an average of $15 a week) can pay half-price registration.

The NSW Government is backdating the toll spend from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, so more drivers can benefit from the new lower Toll Relief qualifying spend.

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Susan has been a finance journalist for more than 30 years, beginning at the Australian Financial Review before moving to the Sydney Morning Herald. She edited a superannuation magazine, Superfunds, for the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, and writes regularly on superannuation and managed funds. She's also author of the best-selling book Women and Money.
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