More than one million students have now visited Canberra

Wednesday 16 November 2016


Over a million school students have now visited the national capital with the support of the Australian Government’s Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham met students from St Francis de Sales College in Mount Barker, South Australia on Thursday 10 November 2017 to mark this million student milestone.

PACER provides financial assistance for students in Years 4 to 12 from schools more than 150 kilometers from Canberra to visit the national capital for civics and citizenship education. The rebate ranges from $20 to $260 per student, depending on distance from Canberra, and is provided as a contribution to assist with travel costs. All PACER-supported schools visit Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, and/or the National Electoral Education Centre and the Australian War Memorial. 

More than $46 million has been provided in rebates for over 19,000 school visits to the national capital since the PACER program commenced in 2006-2007.

For more information view the media release or visit the PACER website at