Are you looking for ways to keep your kids engaged in creative activities? With the NSW Creative Kids program, kids can get creative and enjoy many activities during the NSW school holidays 2023 or school terms!
The previous $100 voucher per child was valid between 01 January 2023 and 30 June 2023. If you did not use it on time, you can apply for a new Creative voucher.
From 01 July 2023, as a parent, carer or guardian, you can get a $50 Creative voucher per child to use for creative activities, such as art kits, courses and creative kids workshops.
What is the Creative Kids voucher?
The Creative Kids voucher is a NSW government-funded program that aims at helping families get their children involved in creative activities.
Starting from 01 July 2023, the new initiative offers a $50 voucher for each student aged 4.5 through 18 years to use towards various creative and interactive activities such as art, music, dance, and drama lessons.
The current Creative voucher from 01 July 2023 is valid until the expiry date specified on the voucher.
NSW Creative Kids voucher eligibility
To be eligible for the NSW Creative Kids Voucher, your child must be:
A NSW resident
Aged 4.5 to 18 years
A Medicare cardholder
Enrolled in kindergarten to year 12 at school or TAFE NSW.
Rules to redeem Creative voucher
Creative vouchers can only be redeemed:
One time (even if the activity costs less than $50)
Until the expiry date specified on the voucher
For your child's name on the voucher
For one registration or membership
At one of the approved Creative Kids providers.
Please note that the vouchers cannot be split between more than one provider and cannot be redeemed for cash.
What can you use your Creative Kids voucher for?
The program covers a wide range of creative activities, including:
Visual Arts, Creative Arts Classes and Crafts Workshops, including Photography, Sculpture, Drawing and Painting & other Designing classes that inspire creativity.
Creative workshops like Coding & Robotics classes, Game Design, VR and more.
Literature & Linguistics Arts like Debating, Public speaking, Poetry, and languages.
Performing Arts like Music Lessons, Drama Workshops, Dance lessons and Theatre.
Other interactive creative or cultural activities (e.g. Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge Program).
Real-time interactive creative learning activities include in-person programs or online creative classes (private and in groups) and must be provided by businesses based in NSW.
The creative activities should be structured, focused, and have clear creative skill development and achieve a variety of learning outcomes. The activities should also be delivered in real-time (not pre-recorded).
From 1 March 2022, creative art kits and creative kits are no longer permitted and are ineligible, including but not limited to paints, books, stationery, canvases, clothing, uniforms, leotards, instruments or other equipment.
Creative vouchers: Ineligible Activities
Unfortunately, some activities and costs are ineligible. You cannot redeem your voucher for:
Games, e.g. board games, chess, video games
All creative programs that include the supply of any creative materials or art/craft kits
Programs that are not delivered in real-time (pre-recorded video lessons and online programs with no live and interactive component)
Video lessons and online learning programs with more than 20 participants per online workshop
After-school activities and memberships with no structured creative arts program
The school run competitions, shows, concerts and drama programs.
Creative vouchers: Ineligible Expenses
Ineligible creative kits and materials (paints, books, stationery, canvases, clothing, uniforms, leotards, instruments or other equipment). Please note that creative materials are permitted for in-person activities if the materials are being borrowed or used during the class to create a final artwork to take home (e.g. canvas painting).
Qualifications/assessment examination fees.
Travel costs to and from activities.
Visit the website to see the updates about the Service NSW Creative Kids voucher program.
When does the Creative Kids voucher expire?
The current Creative Kids Voucher was released on 01 July 2023 and is valid until the expiry date specified on the voucher.
Please note that vouchers cannot be carried over to the following year and will expire on the specified date.
How to apply for Creative Kids voucher
To apply for the Creative Kid voucher, you need:
Your MyServiceNSW Account
One proof of identity document for you as a parent, carer or guardian
Your child's Medicare card details.
Visit the MyServiceNSW Account page to log in to your account and follow the prompts to apply for the voucher.
How to use your voucher?
To redeem your voucher, give your voucher's details to the registered activity provider.
You can search for registered Creative Kids providers that accept vouchers at the Service NSW website. Enter a postcode, suburb, activity type, or provider name.
Service NSW Creative Voucher Provider
You can search for an approved Creative Voucher Provider by postcode or activity by visiting the Service NSW website.
What are some of the Creative Voucher Providers?
There are many Creative Kids providers across NSW that offer a range of creative activities for children or young people, including:
Annual family memberships that accept the Creative Kids voucher
Some NSW Creative Kids providers offer annual family memberships that can be purchased and used to participate in creative learning activities:
Australian National Maritime Museum allows you to use your Creative Kids voucher for their annual family membership (2 adults & 3 children under 16 years), unlimited entry to the museum for a whole year, and access to their amazing core creative arts programs.
Early Start Discovery Space's Creative Kids program allows accessing their structured, creative arts programs in creARTivity that are linked to the NSW Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework.
Sydney Zoo's Creative Kids: Culture Kids program allows children to learn about Aboriginal art, tradition and craft making.
How can I redeem my Creative Kids voucher?
Redeeming your Creative Kids voucher is easy:
Find an NSW provider that offers creative activities your child is interested in;
Book this activity, and provide your $50 voucher details to the provider;
The provider will then redeem the voucher and deduct the $50 from the cost of the activity.
Can I Use my Creative Kids voucher for school holiday programs?
Absolutely! There are many NSW service providers that offer school holiday programs eligible for the Creative Kids voucher.
These programs can include a range of creative activities, including art and craft classes, music and dance workshops, and drama programs.
To find an approved Creative Kids provider for your postcode or by activity your child is interested in, visit the Service NSW website.
What are some of the activities offered in the school holiday programs?
The school holiday activities can vary depending on the provider.
Other popular activities include painting, sculpture, creative writing, game development, and design.
Do I need to book in advance for the school holiday programs?
Yes, it's best to book for school holiday programs in advance as they can be very popular and fill up quickly.
Check out fun things to do in Sydney school holidays to choose a school holiday program your kids will be excited about.
You can then check with the provider for their booking policies and availability.
Can I use my voucher for craft kits?
Unfortunately, no. From 1 March 2022, craft kits and creative art kits are no longer permitted and are ineligible items.
These include but are not limited to paints, books, stationery, canvases, clothing, uniforms, leotards, instruments or other equipment.
Where can I use my Creative voucher near me?
Eye Heart Science
My Kids Art
National Art School
PCYC NSW Youth Clubs
Sew Make Create
St George & Sutherland Community College
Super Little Scientists
Sydney Art Space
Sunshine Collective Australia
The Young Naturalist
And other approved providers.
Search for more registered Creative Kids providers at the Service NSW website. Simply enter a postcode, suburb, activity type, or provider name.
Where to use Creative vouchers online?
NSW Creative Kids vouchers are accepted online at:
Art with Kari
Charlie Boots Creative
Hive Creative Studios
Photo Workshop Australia
Spitting Image Photography
The young Explorers
And other approved providers.
Search for other registered Creative Kids providers at the Service NSW website. Simply enter a postcode, suburb, activity type, or provider name.
NSW Active Kids voucher
Active Kids program is another initiative of the NSW Government to help kids get active. From 01 July 2023, it also provides a $50 voucher for each school-enrolled child aged 4.5 to 18 years.
The Active Kids voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation, and membership costs for sports, fitness, and active recreation activities.
The current $50 voucher was released on 01 July 2023 and is valid until the date specified on the voucher.
The application process and eligibility criteria for the Active Kids program are similar to the Creative Kids program.
The voucher can be used only once, and if the chosen activity fees are less than $50, the remaining balance cannot be used. It also can't be split between more than one provider or registration and cannot be redeemed for cash.
Apply and search for approved Active voucher providers on the Service NSW website.