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More Queensland students set for an Outback excursion

14 November 2014

The Newman Government has expanded the Outback Education Tour Subsidy Scheme for a further three years and introduced more destinations for students to tour.

Greater access into the Gulf Savannah region will be available as a result of the new agreement – growing Outback tourism and strengthening education outcomes.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, said the Outback Education Tour Subsidy Scheme has so far supported outback visits for 1637 students from 42 schools.

“The program will now be broadened and extended until 2017 to grow on its success and encourage more schools to travel west through the Gulf to north-west Outback Queensland towns,” said Ms Stuckey. 

“A greater range of experiences will be on offer providing a boost for tourism businesses with students staying in local accommodation and visiting a range of attractions.

“Queensland’s 20-year plan for tourism, Destination Success, outlines the importance of industry and governments working in partnership, unified in their approach to support the growth of tourism across Queensland’s destinations.

“This scheme is a fantastic example of partnerships in action and also supports the industry goal of achieving $30 billion in annual overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.”

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the subsidy would give students from Year’s five to eight the opportunity to experience the outback first-hand. 
“Visiting the bush gives students the chance to learn about Australia’s rich heritage, discover our pioneering spirit and see the icons that shape our nation,” Mr Langbroek said.  
“I’m proud to support this fantastic initiative and encourage all Queensland schools to apply.”

A subsidy of up to $130 per student towards the cost of an Outback trip is available through the subsidy.

For more information about the subsidy, including suggested excursion itineraries, maps and rates, visit 

[ENDS] Friday 14 November 2014
Media Contact/s: 
Minister Stuckey’s office: 3719 7240 / 0439 291 268
Tourism and Events Queensland: 3535 5840 / 0426 239 431