Welcome to ICPA

ICPA (Aust) is a voluntary, non-profit, apolitical parent body dedicated to ensuring all geographically isolated children’s educational needs and aspirations are not disadvantaged because of where they live.

The Association was established in 1971 and represents over 2500 families and individual members.  Members include a cross section of Australia’s rural communities, primary producers, small business owners, schools, national and state based organisations and individuals who support equity of access to education for geographically isolated students.

All share a common goal; improving access to education and the provision of services required to achieve this, for children who, due to distance, do not have reasonable daily access to an appropriate continuing education.

ICPA seeks to have all elements of education (curriculum, 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:

  •          Boarding Schools/School Term Hostels
  •          Communications
  •          Curriculum
  •          Distance Education
  •          Early Childhood Education
  •          Education Allowances
  •          Rural and Remote Schools
  •          School Travel
  •          Specific Needs Education
  •          Tertiary Education

To contact any member of the Federal and State Councils please go to the ICPA website and select Federal or your preferred State.

Should you wish to join an ICPA Branch please either contact any Executive member for your state or by joining online at this link.

Corporate membership is also available.  Please contact fedsecretary@icpa.com.au



On February 13, 2018 Presidents and Secretaries of ICPA State and Federal Councils met in Sydney, Australia for their annual important get-together to kick start a productive year of rural education across Australia. Thank you to NBN Australia for meeting with the group at their Discovery Centre. L to R - Senior National Stakeholder Relations Manager NBN Co Limited Lalla Mackenzie, ICPA NSW Access to Education Acting Secretary Helen Ponder, ICPA Federal President Wendy Hick, NSW ICPA President Kate Treweeke, nbn General Manager Rocco Nuzzo, ICPA Federal Secretary Sue Wilson,
Northern Territory Isolated Children's Parents' Association President Tiani Cook, ICPA - SA President Kerry Williams, ICPA TAS President Emily Gardner, QLD ICPA Secretary Gillian Semple and ICPA QLD INC - Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Queensland Inc President Kim Hughes