What is the eligibility criteria to be a Creative Kids provider?
- hold a current ABN, and must not have any outstanding actions or enforcement orders recorded by the Office of Fair Trading
- hold appropriate skills, experience, or qualifications for low risk activities they provide and/or appropriate accreditation for high risk activities, specifically circus activities
- have Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance for all staff and/or volunteers who work with children, and provide:
- for business of 1-5 employees - each employee's WWCC number, date of birth, and PDF of resumé/qualifications
- for business of 6 or more employees - your business registration number that starts with REG followed by 7 digits
- hold current certificates of currency for indemnity and insurance policies appropriate to the type and level of activities being delivered
- have a child safe policy or complete the Child Safe eLearning module provided by Office of the Children's Guardian
- provide course content and lessons with associated prices
- provide details of staff qualifications and provider experience.
If you do not meet the requirements above but provide an eligible activity that is:
- in rural or remote NSW
- to children with disabilities, or
- delivering cultural experiences to children by a recognised indigenous elder,
please register your interest to participate in the program and provide details of your program for assessment.
Service NSW reserves the right to contact you during the application process to discuss the application and may need to refer to other government agencies to complete the assessment. We will assess all requests and our decision is final around eligibility.
What is a child safe policy and how do I complete the Child Safe eLearning module?
Information about the child safe policy and the Child Safe eLearning can be found on the Office of Children's Guardian website. There are 8 eLearning units, which take approximately 6 hours to complete.
What qualifications are required?
Providers need to provide an overview of the qualifications they hold to teach the chosen activities and what their tutors or staff are required to have. This information should be provided by way of a resumé for solo providers or, for companies with more than 2 staff, a profile of the qualification requirements used for hiring.
One of the following criteria must be met (there may be exemptions on a case-by-case basis):
- teaching degree and practical experience in relevant field
- degree in relevant field, for example fine arts, drama, music
- 5 years or more of professional experience in the relevant area
- awards, industry recognition or accreditation in relevant field
- for cultural experiences, be a recognised cultural elder or provider within that culture.
I believe that my activity program qualifies for Creative Kids program. Should I apply?
Yes, apply for the program.
Your organisation needs to meet both the provider and activity requirements.
Service NSW will assess your application and if you meet the criteria you will receive notification from the Creative Kids team.
If you are not approved, you will receive advice indicating why the application has not been accepted.
I provide an activity program within a school. Am I eligible to be a Creative Kids provider?
School-run activities, competitions and creative pursuits that are in school and part of the curriculum are not part of this program.
This program aims to increase children's participation in activities after school (outside school hours) and on weekends.
Activities that are organised via a school or at a school but are out of hours or additional activities to school curriculum may be considered where the school is not the provider.
Organisers need to check with the Creative Kids team at Service NSW to discuss specific circumstances.
Some of the children who attend my classes or activities do not live in NSW. Can they get a Creative Kids voucher?
It is a requirement of the program that the child must be a resident of NSW to be eligible for a voucher.
A voucher can only be used for a program with a provider that is located within NSW.
What types of activities are excluded from the program?
Ineligible activities are:
- skill-based classes or activities that are only run for half a day (less than 4 hours)
- one-off tutoring sessions
- mobile app subscriptions
- after-school care services where no structured program on a consistent topic is run
- membership that is not part of a structured program
- school incursions
- activities that are part of the school curriculum
- school-run competitions, concerts, drama programs, including weekend activities or inter-school competitions or activities.
Ineligible costs are:
- individual items such as clothing, uniforms, instruments, creative supplies (paints, books, canvas) or other equipment that would usually be purchased from a retailer and paid for by the individual as part of participating in the activity. Note: packages where these items are included within the course are eligible.
- examination fees for qualifications and assessment
- travel costs to and from activities, competitions or concerts (except where this is part of the overall package).
My organisation is in a border town. Can we claim vouchers and which kids are eligible for a voucher?
Business and organisations located outside NSW will not be eligible to register for the Creative Kids program, even if it has NSW residents involved in its activities or competitions.
Vouchers can only be used with approved providers located in NSW.
An organisation located in NSW is eligible to register. However, if it has children registered who live in another state or territory, those children will not be eligible to claim a voucher.
Children must reside in NSW to be eligible for a voucher.
Some example scenarios:
- An organisation/business in Queensland with children residing in northern NSW – the organisation/business is ineligible to register. Children residing in NSW who are attending activities with Queensland based businesses are are eligible for a voucher but may only redeem their voucher with an organisation located in NSW.
- An organisation/business in the ACT with registered participants who reside in NSW - Queanbeyan or Yass for example - is ineligible to register.
Contact the Creative Kids team on 13 77 88 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about your situation.