Welcome to ICPA

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 as well as tertiary students whose family home is in rural and remote Australia who frequently must live away from home to access further education.

The Association, established in 1971,  has over 2,500 members, many of whom reside in the more remote parts of Australia, and who all share a common concern of gaining access to education for geographically isolated 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


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