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$2 Million Immediate Resilience Plan: Boost to Incentivise School Trips to the NT

Interstate schools can apply for $3,000 towards the cost of a school trip to the NT as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $2 million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan.

The boost from $1,000 to $3,000 for the Save & Learn – NT School Excursion Program is available for interstate school groups that book an NT excursion between 1 September 2020 and 31 March 2021.

Establishing an added incentive for school groups considering their educational tours will deliver a boost for NT operators and elevate the Territory over other states.

Recognising that costs and timing are major factors when planning an interstate excursion for students, the Save & Learn program encourages more schools to travel and spend extended time in the NT.

School trips departing up until 31 August 2020 and between 1 April and 30 June 2021 will continue to be able to claim $1,000.

The program is available to any interstate Australian school group with a minimum of 10 students, staying at least five nights in the Territory and incorporating a minimum of three NT Learning Adventure educational experiences.

For itineraries and more information on the NT Learning Adventure partners visit

Quotes from Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Eva Lawler:

“We want to attract students to the Territory all year round, which is why we have tripled the cash incentive from September to March as part of the $2 million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan to support our tourism operators and local businesses.

“As a former educator, I know that the best classroom is outside. The Territory is an exciting place for school groups to explore and a perfect destination to discover more about our rich Aboriginal culture, important historic events, world heritage areas and pristine national parks.”

Quotes from Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield MLA:

“Whether it’s an astronomy learning adventure at the Earth Sanctuary, or a visit to any number of other local facilities such as the Alice Springs Desert Park, Megafauna Central or the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist facilities both here in Alice Springs and Darwin, there’s so much for students to discover in the Territory.

“The NT can provide schools and students with some of the most memorable experiences and these incentives will deliver a boost for Territory businesses operators.”

Quotes from Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre Director, Dan Falzon:

“We host school groups at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre on a regular basis with our Learning Adventures and Camping Packages as well as astronomy tours, a once in a lifetime school trip for students.

“I have no doubt that the boosted incentive is going to assist us in attracting more student groups here to the Earth Sanctuary and the Alice Springs region.

“This significant cash incentive can mean an additional resource or supervising teacher for the school which will enable more students from across Australia to have a learning adventure here in the NT.”

Media Contact: Lisa Sennett 0436 929 858


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