Government-led financial rebates for educational tours

Financial assistance for educational tours

Government-led financial rebates for educational tours

Government-led financial rebates for educational tours

With several government-led schemes available to support practical learning outside the classroom in Canberra, the Northern Territory and Queensland, now is a great time to consider an educational tour for your students. At WorldStrides, we create education-packed programs aligned to the Australian Curriculum while ticking the boxes required to receive these financial rebates. See below for some of the educational travel schemes currently available for schools all over Australia, and two rebates that are available for Queensland schools only.

Rebates available to all Australian schools

Canberra, PACER 

The Australian Government understands the importance of a Canberra educational tour within the civics and citizenship curriculum. It encourages and supports Australian schools to partake by offering a financial rebate to all schools that visit Canberra in Years 4 to 12.

The PACER rebate ranges from $20 – $260 per student and is calculated based on the distance from your school to Canberra. Schools need to visit four key attractions including Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial to qualify.

We design tours that meet with government regulations and can assist with your PACER application. Take a look at our Canberra itinerary or visit the PACER website for more information.

The Northern Territory, NT Learning Adventures

The Australian Curriculum places a strong emphasis on a society that is culturally diverse and values our Aboriginal culture and history. Educational tours to the NT expose students to external environments and assist educators in delivering practical experiences to reinforce General Capabilities, Learning Areas and Cross-curriculum Priorities such as Humanities and Social Science, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture, Science and Sustainability.

The NT Learning Adventures Save & Learn program provides $1000 towards the cost of your tour to the Northern Territory for travel between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022. Applications will be opening soon and we can assist you in applying. Take a look at our Northern Territory itinerary. More details to come soon.

Queensland schools only

Outback Queensland Education Experience Program

The Outback Queensland Education Experience Program was established in 2011 to encourage teachers to take their students to Outback Queensland and integrate its rich history and heritage into school learning. It provides the opportunity for students to learn from and give back to Outback communities by experiencing life on the land.

The subsidy is available upon application to all Queensland schools taking students in years 1 to 12 on a tour within the boundary of Outback Queensland. The scheme provides a subsidy of up to $150 per student based on the distance travelled from school.

We can tailor a tour to suit your curriculum needs. Our Dinosaur tour ticks all the boxes required to obtain this subsidy where students will discover fossils, watch a paleontologist give a fossil preparation demonstration and even go hunting for fossils. Contact us to learn more about our Outback Queensland experiences or learn more about the scheme here.

Great Barrier Reef Education Experience

The Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program provides a subsidy for primary and secondary school students in Queensland undertaking school excursions along the length of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), from Bundaberg to Cooktown. The program supports opportunities for students to undertake place-based learning activities in the GBR.

The 3 year program running from Term 3 2021 to June 2024, will provide up to $150 per student to go towards the cost of a school excursion which includes a reef experience. Our tours to Cairns and Bundaberg include operator-approved reef experiences. Learn more about the Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program.


With several schemes available to support student learning outside the classroom, now is a great time to start planning an educational experience for your students. For more information on our educational tours or to speak with a destination specialist, contact us at 1800 331 050 or


*Image sourced from Events and Tourism Queensland – Kronosaurus Korner, Richmond, Outback Queensland