Welcome to the ICPA Website 

ICPA (Aust) is a voluntary, non-profit, apolitical parent body dedicated to ensuring that all rural and remote students have equity of access to a continuing and appropriate education.

It encompasses the education of children from early childhood through to tertiary. Children may be educated in small rural schools, by distance education, attend boarding schools or school term hostels and sometimes have access to early childhood services. Tertiary students whose family home is in rural and remote Australia frequently must live away from home to access further education

The Association has over 4,500 members, residing in the more remote parts of Australia, who all share a common concern of gaining access to education for their children and the provision of services required to achieve this.

Membership includes a cross section of Australia's rural and remote population and includes fishermen, miners, itinerant employees, farmers, pastoralists and small business owners.

ICPA seeks to have all elements of education (cultural experiences, social contacts, participation in sport and other enriching activities) available for all children regardless of their home location.

To achieve its goal ICPA pursues objectives in the following areas:

  • Education Allowances
  • Boarding Schools/School Term Hostels
  • Travel
  • Distance Education
  • Special Education
  • Curriculum
  • Communications
  • Rural and Remote Schools
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Tertiary Education
  • Country Areas Program

 Federal and State Council meeting Feb 2014 Adelaide

Federal Council and State Councils met in Adelaide in February for a very productive meeting.

Back row: Julia Materne (Facilitator), Sally Sullivan (NT President), Anneleise Dolphin (SA Immediate Past President), Gail Auricht (NT councillor), Wendy Hick (Qld Vice President), Mandy Burburby (Tas Secretary), Carina Kopke (WA President), Elaine Egan (WA Vice President), Kate Thompson (TAS President), and Duncan Taylor (NSW President).

Front row: Judy Newton (Federal President), Andrew Pegler (Qld President), Lisa Hunt (SA President) and Jane Gloster (Federal Vice President).


BREAKING NEWS for members -- Upgrades to the Interim Satellite Service and relief for farming families in hardship. Read more.

The 43rd Federal Conference was recently held in Launceston. Click here to read the ABC news report on conference and click here to listen to what the IBOT tour was like .. that is the Isolated Blokes on Tour! Other ABC audios of the conference can be found here also -- "ICPA says some families having to take their children out of boarding school" and "The true costs of educating rural school children".