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.

Is it aligned with the school curriculum?

Yes! The Outback Queensland Education Handbook provides links to the syllabus and is a valuable resource that aligns themes of Outback Queensland with the Australian school curriculum in the form of fact sheets, activities and itineraries

Who is eligible?

The subsidy is available upon application to all Queensland schools taking students in year 1 to 12 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.

View a map of Outback Queensland

How much does each student receive?

The scheme provides a subsidy of up to $150 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   $55
1,000 - 1,499 km  $85
1,500 - 1,999 km  $115
2,000 km and over  $150

This increase in subsidy funding for the next two years is proudly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). The increased amount for this subsidy is only available for 2 years: 2020 and 2021, and will return to a maximum $130 per student post this time period.

Why choose Outback Queensland?

Outback Queensland offers rich history and ancient landscapes, colourful characters and quirky events. Visit any number of learning centres; exploring everything from nature and astronomy, to dinosaurs and Outback pioneers.

Here are just a few ideas of what you and your students could experience in Outback Queensland:

  • Star gaze at the Cosmos Centre, Charleville
  • Witness the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, Winton
  • Climb the red sand hills of Munga-Thirri (Simpson Desert) National Park
  • Learn about steam machinery at The Woolscour, Blackall
  • Hear the story of the early operators of Qantas at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
  • Learn about the pioneers of the Outback at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
  • Meet one of Australia's most endangered species - the Bilby, Charleville
  • Scour the river banks of the Channel Country
  • Traverse the pyramid on the northern Savannah range
  • Dig for other types of buried treasure at mining sites from Mount Isa to Yowah

How can I apply?

The Outback Education Experience Program works alongside SmartyGrants for School applications. Please click the below button to apply for the program subsidy.

Australian Government
Queensland Government