The NSW Government is helping kids get creative with the new Creative Kids program.
Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old enrolled in school.
The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for a range of creative activities, including arts, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons.
The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.
To use the voucher, give the details to your registered activity provider.
The program runs year-round, so kids can get creative at any time.
If you’re a parent, carer or guardian, the student will be eligible if they are:
- a NSW resident
- aged between 4.5 and 18 years
- enrolled in school (from Kindergarten to Year 12, including those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW)
- a current Medicare card holder.
You can apply for a voucher for each eligible student.
You can use the voucher for registration, participation and tuition costs with approved Creative Kids providers.
What you need
- a MyServiceNSW account
- one proof of identity document for the parent, carer or guardian
- your child's Medicare card details.
How to apply
- Check the eligibility requirements and the types of activities.
- Select the 'Apply online' button.
- Log in to your account, or sign up for a MyServiceNSW Account.
- Follow the prompts to apply for the voucher.
To use the voucher:
- Choose the eligible provider where you'll use the voucher.
- At registration or payment time, provide the following information through the provider's preferred process:
- child's full name
- child's date of birth
- Creative Kids voucher number.
Vouchers can only be used:
- one time (if the chosen activity fees are less than $100, the remaining balance cannot be used)
- during the calendar year they’re issued
- for the person named on the voucher
- for registration or membership fees with approved Creative Kids providers.
Vouchers cannot be:
- split between more than one provider or registration
- redeemed for cash.
What activities are included?
- Public art
- Media arts
- Other Visual Arts
- Industrial design
- Game design
- Augmented/virtual reality
- Graphic design
- Fashion design
Literary and linguistics arts
- Creative writing
- Public speaking
- Spoken word
- Slam poetry
- Circus arts
- Other Performing Arts
Structured learning activities with a focus on strengthening Aboriginal and culturally diverse community practices, for example, the Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge Program or Cultural Experience (Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities).
Eligible activities are those provided as part of a structured, focussed program with clear creative skills development outcomes. The primary purpose is for children to learn or participate in a specific creative or cultural activity. The activity must demonstrate value for money and be relevant to the age and skill level of participants.
The following are eligible structured activity types:
- Learning and developing a specific creative skill (private or group based) delivered in person or online* through a set of lessons, activities, workshops and/or performances or events.
- Cultural and creative learning experiences that provide skills and knowledge of cultural identity, for example, Aboriginal cultural learning workshops. Experiences may be delivered in person or online*.
- Membership fees or hiring instruments or equipment that are part of a structured program.
- Participation and learning activity package, such as a concert, performance or exhibition tour, delivered in person or online*, followed by:
- an interactive workshop
- masterclass or question time relating to skills and artform development.
- Activities that support or link to the school curriculum, including co-curricular, extra-curricular activities and incursions or excursions (NSW public, private and Catholic schools are ineligible providers).
- Packages that include individual items for creative or cultural use such as instruments, arts and craft supplies or other equipment and materials, alongside a lesson plan or instructions on how to complete an activity or develop creative skills.
Note: These programs will not be eligible from 1 January 2022.
*Online activities and programs include those delivered through video hosting platforms (such as Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Vimeo, YouTube, Zoom) and webinars (such as access to pre-recorded material). Online providers will need to show that participants are able to ask questions or seek lesson support. This can be via phone, email, live video or an online messaging platform.
Note: From 1 January 2022, only live (real-time) online lessons will be included in the Creative Kids programs. After this date, voucher use will not be permitted for art kit programs or pre-recorded video lessons. For more information, refer to Parents, guardians and carers FAQs.
- after-school care services with no structured creative arts program
membership fees that do not include a structured creative arts program
school run competitions, concerts, drama programs, including weekend activities or inter-school competitions or activities.
Ineligible activity categories
- cookery classes
- games and gaming (such as board games, chess, digital games)
- aerobic dance
- martial arts
- pole dancing
- physical culture
Note: Ineligible activities will be regularly reviewed.
- examination fees for qualifications and assessment
- travel costs to and from activities.