Outback Education Subsidy Application Form

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.

Terms and Conditions

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.

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. Fifty per cent is paid upon approval of an application and the remaining fifty per cent 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