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From 1 January 2022, the Creative Kids program is refocusing on encouraging real-time (live) activities. Art kit programs, pre-recorded video lessons and online programs that are not delivered in real-time are no longer eligible.

For more information, see Provider FAQs and Parents, guardians and carers FAQs.

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Introduction

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.

Eligibility

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

  1. Check the eligibility requirements and the types of activities.
  2. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  3. Log in to your account, or sign up for a MyServiceNSW Account.
  4. Follow the prompts to apply for the voucher.

To use the voucher:

  1. Choose the eligible provider where you'll use the voucher.
  2. 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.

More information

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?

Activity categories

Visual arts

  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Advertising
  • Public art
  • Screen
  • Media arts
  • Design
  • Multimedia
  • Craft
  • Other Visual Arts

Creative industries

  • Architecture
  • Coding
  • Industrial design
  • Game design
  • Augmented/virtual reality
  • Graphic design
  • Fashion design
  • Radio
  • Robotics

Literary and linguistics arts

  • Creative writing
  • Languages
  • Publishing
  • Public speaking
  • Debating
  • Poetry
  • Spoken word
  • Slam poetry

Performing arts

  • Music
  • Drama
  • Singing
  • Circus arts
  • Choreography
  • Parkour
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Puppetry
  • Other Performing Arts

Cultural programs

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 programs

An eligible program is a structured, focused program with clear creative skill development outcomes, delivered in real-time (live). The primary purpose is for children or young people to learn or participate in interactive creative or cultural activities. The program must demonstrate value for money and be relevant to the age and skill level of participants. 

The following are eligible programs:

  • In-person programs that involve learning and developing a specific creative skill (private or group based).
  • Online, live programs that involve learning and developing a specific creative skill (private or group-based). Online programs include but are not limited to delivery through platforms such as Skype, Zoom, Vimeo, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts. 
  • Live lessons that include the cost of essential materials or kits. Please note the below requirements for all art/craft kit programs:
    • Programs must include live and interactive lessons between the participant and artist/educator (face-to-face or online). 
    • The artist/educator delivering live lessons must meet the program's qualification requirements.
    • The live lessons must be promoted as the primary purpose of the program, not the materials.
    • Participants must be informed of the live lesson format and scheduling at the time of purchase/booking.
    • Only essential materials required to participate in a live lesson (face-to-face or online) are permitted, for example, paints and canvas for a painting class, robotics materials for a robotics class.
    • The live lessons being delivered must demonstrate genuine value for money. Compliance checks will be conducted by the Creative Kids team to ensure the lesson value is not being subsidised by products.  
  • Cultural and creative learning experience programs that provide skills and knowledge of cultural identity, for example, Aboriginal cultural learning workshops.
  • Membership fee-based programs that include a structured creative arts program.
  • Performance/exhibition-based programs that are delivered live (in real-time) either in-person or online must be followed by:
    • an interactive workshop, or
    • a masterclass or question time, relating to skills and artform development.
  • Programs that support or link to the school curriculum, and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities.

Ineligible activities

  • online activities that have no live and interactive component (such as pre-recorded tutorials)
  • stand-alone art kit programs (those that include only written lesson plans or pre-recorded video tutorials
  • any materials/items/kits that are not essential to a provider’s live lesson
  • 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)
  • gardening
  • gymnastics
  • aerobic dance
  • martial arts
  • pole dancing
  • physical culture
  • yoga.

Note: Ineligible activities will be regularly reviewed.

Ineligible costs

  • examination fees for qualifications and assessment
  • travel costs to and from activities.