Outback Queensland Education Experience Program

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What is the subsidy?

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.

Who is eligible?

The subsidy is available upon application to all Queensland schools taking students in grade 5, 6, 7, 8 and/or 9 on a camp within the boundary of Outback Queensland. ‘Outback Queensland’ is defined as the local government areas of:

Flinders, Richmond, McKinlay, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo, Longreach, Winton, Barcoo, Boulia, Diamantina, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie, Bulloo, Croydon, Etheridge, Burke and Carpentaria.

How much does each student receive?

The scheme provides a subsidy of up to $130 per student to assist financially toward a school camp in Outback Queensland.

The subsidy is paid directly to schools after having met the eligibility requirements for funding. 50% of the subsidy is paid upon approval of an application and the remaining 50% is paid after the excursion, upon receipt of a completed survey.

The payment is not meant to cover all costs. Funds are allocated to schools on a per-student basis at rates according to round-trip distance travelled. Funds must be used to reduce the costs for individual students.

The subsidy rates (excluding GST) are as follows:

Distance travelled from school (round trip)

Funds allocated per student

500 – 900 km – $50

1,000 – 1,499 km – $75

1,500 – 1,999 km – $100

2,000 km and over – $130

How can I apply?

Fill out the Application Form and send it via email to [email protected]. The form outlines the full eligibility requirements and terms and conditions of the subsidy.