PACER Program for Schools

The Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) Program is an Australian Government initiative that provide financial assistance to support students on site learning about the national democratic, historical and cultural institutions in Canberra.

It provides a travel subsidy for students in years 4 to 12 across Australia. The amount of the subsidy depends on the distance travelled to Canberra. See the map below for a guide.

The Canberra excursion needs to include a visit to the following attractions:

  • Parliament House
  • The Australian War Memorial
  • The Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House)
  • National Electoral Education Centre. Students will need to participate in an education program at the National Electoral Education Centre.

Additionally, prior to the trip, teachers must ensure civics and citizenship is being taught from the current curriculum in class in preparation for the visit and on completion of the trip resources used or equivalent must be provided.

Absolute Travel will manage your bookings into these attractions as part of your school camp itinerary. It is advisable to book well in advance to ensure you do not miss out. As soon as you confirm your school trip with us, we will organise your bookings at these, and any other Canberra attractions of interest.

How to Apply

It is the school’s responsibility to apply for the PACER rebate and we can provide the necessary booking confirmation details required.
You must complete the application at least 3 weeks prior to your excursion. Please visit the Pacer Website to find out more and apply.

PACER Zone Map

The map below illustrates the funding bracket based on the distance travelled to Canberra for your school excursion. 

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