​​​​Nominations for Creative Generation—State Schools Onstage (CGEN) 2022 are now open!

CGEN provides students, teachers and school communities with the opportunity to be involved in a large-scale, award-winning event. Since its inception, the professionally produced spectacular has grown from 550 students in 2005 to a cast of over 1,500 and is nationally renowned for its outstanding and vibrant display of state school talent.

CGEN provides an opportunity for students to display and extend their talents and affiliations with professional artists beyond those ordinarily available in schools. Auditions, workshops and rehearsals will give students a taste of the performing arts industry that has put many Queenslanders on the international stage.

Opportunities exist for featured and backing vocalists, core, central and massed choir, featured and massed dancers, symphony orchestra, big band, massed string orchestra, drumline, variety acts, instrumental soloists, drama students, stage and media crew.

Nominating for CGEN is an online process. Nominations must be made by a registered Department of Education state school teacher with one teacher from each school allocated as the coordinating teacher during the nomination process.

The CGEN nomination guidelines (PDF, 3.9MB)​​ outline the nomination process and specific infor​mation about individual categories and their timelines.

To assist with the nomination process, please read the information on the fact sheets and also the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), included in the program guidelines.


A student expression of interest form is provided to assist with the collection of student nomination details. Students are encouraged to complete the form and provide it to their coordinating teacher.

The school’s coordinating teacher must submit nominations through the CGEN nomination website.

Nomination deadlines are as follows:

  • Friday 10 December 2021 – Nominations close for current students for all categories except instrumental. Audition footage/support material is also required on this date.
  • Friday 4 February 2022 – Nominations close for students entering Year 7 or students at a new school in 2022, except instrumental categories. Audition footage/support material is also required on this date.
  • Friday 18 February 2022 – Nominations close for instrumental categories. Audition footage is also required on this date.

For further information, please contact the CGEN team on​

COVID-19 infor​mation

The CGEN 2022 program will comply with current Queensland Government guidelines and advice to ensure the health and safety of students, teachers, creatives, mentors, staff, audience members and the broader community is the number one priority. The program will adhere to the venue COVID safe plans, in particular Brisbane Convention and​ Exhibition Centre, as well as the relevant industry COVID safe plans.

CGEN 2022 participants should be aware of the following:

  • participants must adhere to all health and hygiene practices and physical distancing requirements outlined by the program organisers
  • if any participants are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, they must not attend rehearsals, tutorials and/or performances
  • rehearsal and performance venues will be provided with attendee information upon request, including first name, surname, contact number, home address and email address for the purposes of contact tracing only. This information will be removed from file after 56 days.

Please note that the rehearsal program and live performances may be subject to change based on directives and regulations from public health authorities.

Nomination terms and conditions

In these terms and conditions, 'the department' means the State of Queensland acting through the Department of Education.

  1. Information on how to nominate and participate in Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage including all program guidelines, information books, forms and fact sheets, form part of these terms and conditions. Participation in the program will be considered acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  2. The department (ABN 76 337 613 647) is the owner of the Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage program.
  3. Once entered, details are not transferable to any other person or organisation or school.
  4. Late, partially completed or nominations that do not satisfy the nomination requirements or program guidelines at the time of the program entry closing may be judged as ineligible for participation in the program.
  5. All information submitted must be true and correct as at the time of nomination.
  6. The decision made by the department to accept a student/school as eligible to proceed to the next stage of the program is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. The department accepts no responsibility for inability or failure to submit or nominate by the final date.
  8. The nominee grants the department the right to use personal information (including student details, photographs and/or video) in accordance with the project consent form.
  9. By providing material (including student details, photographs and/or video) to the entry portal, the nominee warrants they either own the material or have acquired sufficient right to use the material for the purpose of the program and agree to indemnify the department against any loss or damages caused by breach of this warranty.
  10. Where a nominee is a part of a group or cluster, the person completing the nomination must be an authorised representative of the group and all organisations/schools affiliated with each person.
  11. Where there is more than one category or stage, each category or stage may have individual eligibility criteria as well as judging criteria.
  12. Although every effort will be made to ensure project materials (including certificates, prizes and awards) are sent to the address stated on the nomination, the department takes no responsibility for lost or misdirected items not received by students/schools.
  13. The department will not be responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any network or lines, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, traffic congestion on the internet, etc. including, but not limited to, any injury or damage to participants or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in this program.
  14. The department will not be responsible for any failure by sponsors and partners to fulfil their contractual obligations made between the department and the sponsor.
  15. If for any reason the program is unable to run as planned including causes beyond the control of the department, the department may at its sole discretion cancel, suspend or modify the program.
  16. The program may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
  17. The participant agrees to indemnify the department against any loss or damages caused by a cancellation, suspension, modification or withdrawal of the program.
  18. These terms and conditions may be altered where necessary, and any changes will be notified on the program's website.
  19. The department reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of a nomination, reject a nomination or disqualify a nom​ination that is not in accordance with these terms and c​onditions.
Last updated 15 October 2021