frequently asked questions
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Parliament and Civics Education Rebate
All students on the excursion must visit Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, Old Parliament House and/or the Electoral Education Centre located in Old Parliament House.
The Electoral Education Centre is located at Old Parliament House and is accepted as a mandatory attraction in place of an Old Parliament House program. However, if you are visiting Old Parliament House, you are not required to visit the Electoral Education Centre as well.
The following are acceptable programs at each attraction:
Bookings are essential for all the above programs and should be made directly with the institutions.
As soon as you have booked the three mandatory attractions you can submit your application together with the itinerary. It can be up to 6 months before the excursion but it must be no less than three weeks before you travel.
The Civics Institution Form must be taken on the excursion and stamped at institutions you visit to verify that you visited or participated in a program. The three mandatory institutions must be stamped.
Each school taking part in the combined excursion needs to apply separately. If you have further questions regarding combined excursions please contact our office.
You will be informed of your eligibility via mail and sent paperwork that needs to be completed at the conclusion of the excursion. This should be received within 3 weeks after we receive the application. If there is a problem with your application you will be contacted by fax or e-mail.
Please call the NCETP office on 1300 368 248.
As soon as you have completed the excursion and all the paperwork requirements you may fax or post the paperwork to the NCETP office. However, this needs to be returned within 6 weeks of the excursion.
After the excursion has been completed and all relevant paperwork has been completed and returned.
This should demonstrate how you have linked the excursion with class work and could include a unit overview, term planner, weekly planner or project of work that is related to studies of levels of government, democratic systems, politics, roles and responsibilities as citizens, good citizenship, studies of society and environment, social sustainability or Australian history.
Related topics will differ in each state.
PACER payments can only be received electronically therefore it is important that each school provides current bank details for the transfer.
To ensure that all details are current. In some cases school bank details have changed without the teacher in charge of the excursion being aware.
GST is not payable on your PACER payments.
An example letter is sent with the initial paperwork however, you can publish your own words as long as it acknowledges that the Australian Government has supported the excursion through the PACER contribution.
A Civics Institution Form will be sent to you on approval of your PACER application. There is no other way to get this form. If you have lost the form please contact the NCETP office.
The PACER needs to be allocated to your school at least three weeks prior to your excursion to ensure appropriate management of funding. There is limited funding which is allocated each financial year.
The school must submit the application form and complete all paperwork. The teachers will be asked to sign that all information is correct and this constitutes a statutory declaration.
PACER is only for students in Years 4-12 who are enrolled with a recognised education provider and participate on an eligible excursion with this education provider. PACER funds should be used to reduce the excursion costs for individual students.
Yes, home schools are eligible to apply for and receive the PACER. The guidelines to receive the PACER remain the same, however you will need to record your registration number on the PACER application form.