Creative Workers in Schools - Information for Schools


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Creative Workers in Schools – an exciting opportunity for teachers and schools to realise new creative projects

Expresssions of Interest for Stream Two are now open!

Delivered in partnership with the Department of Education and Training (DET), Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) and Working for Victoria, the Creative Workers in Schools (CWS) initiative is a new program for schools to collaborate with skilled creative workers on a project or set of activities that incorporates creative approaches into your curriculum.

Delivered within your school via a residency period of up to six-months, Creative Workers are engaged through the Working for Victoria initiative and can help you and your school realise that special creative project or set of activities you’ve always wanted to pursue with your students. Residencies will take place in one of two streams, across Terms 1 and 2 or Terms 2 and 3 2021

Residencies can cover a broad range of art forms and creative industries, including everything from landscape design to filmmaking, ceramics, jewellery, visual arts, music, theatre and architecture.

In addition to the wages for Creative Workers, each worker will also be eligible for up to $4,000 for project administration and materials as well as $3,500 in funding toward casual relief teacher costs.

Victorian government schools, including special schools, can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with any ideas they may have that incorporate creative approaches to curriculum delivery. They will then be partnered with a Creative Worker that best suits the school’s needs and supported by experienced Regional Arts Victoria staff to co-design a Creative Workers in Schools Project Plan.


Guidance material for Schools: PDF

Guidance material for Schools: Word version

Guidance material for Schools: Audio

Frequently asked questions for Schools: PDF

Frequently asked questions for Schools: Word version


The CWS program will take place in schools in in one of two streams, across Terms 1 and 2 or Terms 2 and 3 2021.

Key Dates: Stream One

  • Induction and planning sessions: 25 January – 5 February 2021
  • Employment period: 25 January – 23 July 2021

Key Dates: Stream Two

  • EOIs for Stream Two open now
  • EOIs for Stream Two close: 5pm Monday 22 February 2021
  • Stream Two partnerships confirmed: week commencing 15 March 2021
  • Induction and planning sessions: 12 April – 23 April 2021
  • Employment period: 12 April – 8 October 2021 


Have some questions? Attend an online Creative Workers in Schools Information session where we will step you through the program and how and when to get involved.  See available dates and times below:

  • Creative Workers in Schools – Information session 1# for Schools

Thursday 28 January 2021 – 3:45pm-4:30pm

Click HERE to register

  • Creative Workers in Schools – Information session 2# for Schools

Tuesday 9 February 2021 – 3:45pm-4:30pm

Click HERE to register

View Creative Victoria’s comprehensive guide on planning and delivering successful Arts & Education partnerships: Great Partnerships How -To-Guide 

Ready to apply? Click HERE to begin your Expression of Interest


To ensure the project can continue through changing circumstances due to coronavirus, the CWS program will allow for flexibility of the project delivery model. RAV will work with the school and the creative worker to establish an appropriate delivery method and flexible timeline tailored for each school. A blended model of virtual and practical learning can be developed where relevant.

Please consider the potential shift of your project online should schools return to remote and flexible learning. A complete shift to virtual delivery may not be 100% successful for some types of projects, schools and creative workers will be supported by RAV to plan for and transition to this model if required.

Any Creative Workers in Schools enquiries should be directed to:

Dave Rogers

Program Manager, Creative Workers in Schools

Regional Arts Victoria

P: 0484 349 301