Support for Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences teaches students the important skills of problem solving, critical thinking, and understanding our environment and history.

Support for Humanities and Social Sciences is provided through the Australian Curriculum. Humanities and Social Science includes History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business. Information on the various programs are listed below.

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER)

Schools that are located more than 150 kilometres from Canberra may be able to get help from the Australian Government to cover costs of a civics and citizenship education excursion to Canberra for students between Year 4 and Year 12. The travel rebate is worth between $20 to $260 per student, depending on the distance travelled.

Schools may wish to use civics and citizenship education resources to prepare for the excursion. Information on the PACER guidelines and application process is available on the PACER website or by emailing pacer@busyinc.com.au.

National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC)

The National Schools Constitutional Convention is an annual event that brings senior secondary students (Years 11 and 12) to Canberra to discuss the Australian Constitution.

Supported by the Australian Government, it promotes learning about the Australian Constitution and how it shapes our democracy, and promotes understanding of our democratic heritage and traditions.

National History Challenge

The Australian Government supports the National History Challenge, a national competition for Year 5 to Year 12 students that encourages sound and in-depth research using primary and secondary sources. Students are invited to submit responses to a set topic in various formats, including research essays, multimedia presentations, performances and museum displays.

The Simpson Prize

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 to Year 10 students, which focuses on the Australian ANZAC tradition. The competition honours John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the 'man with the donkey' at Gallipoli. Students are asked to write an essay or prepare an audio-visual presentation on a given statement. The eight winning students attend ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli or an alternative suitable overseas venue.

Geography

The Australian Government provides funding to the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland to support Australia's participation at the International Geography Olympiads and Geography's Big Week Out.

Debating

The Australian Government provides funding to the Australian Debating Federation to support Australian participation in the World Schools Debating Championships, and related equity and development debating programs for schools and teachers.