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New Zoning for PACER Subsidies

New Zoning for PACER Subsidies

From July 1, 2019, new zonings for PACER subsidies to schools come into effect. The program operates as a rebate which is paid directly to schools after they have met the eligibility requirements for funding. The payment is a subsidy and is not meant to cover all costs. Distances are calculated by road to Canberra using the most favourable travelling routes which are not necessarily the shortest. The website www.whereis.com will be used to determine this. Funds are allocated on… Read More ➝


Important Announcement – the National Archives

Important Announcement – the National Archives

Due to remedial works being undertaken on the East Block building, the National Archives will not be hosting school visits until 2020. Our Education staff are developing enhanced school visitor experiences. Our new education programs will continue to be curriculum-linked and engaging for school students while also using our updated state-of-the-art exhibition spaces. In the meantime, you can visit us online for high-quality educational resources. You can also sign up to our Education mailing list by emailing our Learning Officer.


Activities for Your Visit to Parliament House

Activities for Your Visit to Parliament House

Lying at the heart of our Nation’s Capital, lies the center of our democracy; Parliament House. Here the Senate and House of Representatives sit, discussing and making the decisions that carve Australia’s path through history. It is also one of PACER’s mandatory attractions to visit, including Old Parliament House and The Australian War Memorial. In addition to the mandatory guided school tour, there are plenty of things to see and do during your visit. This includes exploring the wonderful gardens, taking in… Read More ➝


Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

As the only Embassy in Canberra which has permanent displays open to the public, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia offers a rare opportunity for students to experience such a rich culture first hand. The Embassy’s Culture Centre is an interactive, hands-on experience of Indonesian culture for school students and the general public. The Centre’s visitors can explore many facets of Indonesian arts, culture, geography and daily life. The Cultural Centre features some of the ancient and more contemporary… Read More ➝


BUSY launches new PACER website

BUSY launches new PACER website

BUSY At Work is pleased to launch the redesign of the new look Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) website. PACER is an initiative of the Australian Government which provides financial assistance for students in Years 4-12 across Australia to travel to the nation’s capital, Canberra. To qualify, schools must be located at least 150 kilometers from Canberra. Under PACER, students have the opportunity to learn about civics and citizenship through visits to Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy… Read More ➝


Long Tan 50th anniversary commemorations at the Australian War Memorial

Long Tan 50th anniversary commemorations at the Australian War Memorial

This coming August, the Australian War Memorial will mark the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan. Vietnam Veterans’ Day, held on August 18 each year, will include a number of moving tributes honouring the 60,000 Australian men and women who served our nation throughout the Vietnam War.


Romaldo Giurgola AO

Romaldo Giurgola AO

Born in Rome in 1920, Romaldo (Aldo) Giurgola AO was an Italian academic architect, professor and author. After serving in the Italian armed forces during World War II, he studied at the Sapienza University of Rome. Mr Giurgola then completed the equivalent of a B.Arch. with honours in 1949 and then a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, United States.


Australian War Memorial Volunteer Guides collect gong

Australian War Memorial Volunteer Guides collect gong

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Australian War Memorial Voluntary Guides and the delivery of the first guided tour at the Memorial. In 2015 the volunteer guides delivered 8,826 tours to more than 60,000 people.


Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid exhibition

Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid exhibition

The Hon Robert Hawke AC today launched Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid, a new exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) to coincide with Freedom Day.


Magna Carta 800th Anniversary: 15 June 2015

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary: 15 June 2015

When you visit Canberra, you may wish to check out the copy of the Magna Carta on display in Parliament House. The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta was celebrated in June 2015.