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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 creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities.

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 (if you don’t have an account you can sign up after you select ‘Apply online’)
  • 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 activities

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/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/equipment that are part of a structured program.
  • Participation and learning activity package, such as a concert/performance/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/excursions (NSW public, private and Catholic schools are ineligible providers.)
  • Packages that include individual items for creative/cultural use such as instruments, arts and craft supplies or other equipment/materials, alongside a lesson plan or instructions on how to complete an activity or develop creative skills.

*Online activities and programs include those delivered through video hosting platforms (e.g. Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Vimeo, YouTube, Zoom) and webinars (e.g. 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. 

Ineligible activities

  • 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 interschool competitions or activities.

Ineligible activity categories

  • cookery classes
  • games and gaming (e.g. 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.
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