12 February 2021

Rebate boost to increase civics and citizenship education

The Morrison Government has increased the rebate for school students traveling to Canberra this year as part of their civics and citizenship education.

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate – or PACER – program has been boosted by 50 per cent.

“We all have an interest in our children learning about our democracy so they have the skills and values they need to be active and informed citizens,” Minister Tudge said.

“With this rebate we are giving more students from right around Australia the chance to visit our nation’s capital and learn about our history and democracy.

“It was the Howard Liberal Government that introduced the first real national commitment toward civics education in 1997, and I’m pleased that we are continuing that commitment.”

Minister for Regional Education Andrew Gee said that in 2019, more than 114,000 PACER students from about 2000 schools throughout Australia visited Canberra.

“Last year, COVID-19 restrictions meant that only about 8,800 school students from about 140 schools were able to travel to Canberra with the support of PACER,” Mr Gee said.

“Australia’s parliamentary system of government, our electoral processes and democratic history have an important place in the curriculum, and the PACER program is a great support for school students from regional and rural communities to come to Canberra and experience this first-hand.”

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said all federal parliamentarians are looking forward to seeing school students from their respective electorates be able to once again visit Canberra.

“Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Electoral Education Centre, the Australian War Memorial and other national institutions are ready to once again share their programs with students from across the country in a COVID-safe way,” Senator Seselja said.

“Before COVID-19, school excursions were worth around $150 million to the ACT, so PACER will also be important to Canberra’s local economic recovery.”

For information about the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate visit: https://www.pacer.org.au/

PACER rebate changes (per student): 


Distance from Canberra

Current rebate

New 2021 rebate


150- 499 kms




500 – 999 kms




1,000 – 1,999 kms




1,500 – 1,999 kms




2,000 – 2,499 kms




2,500 – 2,999 kms




3,000 – 3,999 kms




4,000 kms and over