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/Hostels/Second Home
  •          Communications
  •          Curriculum
  •          Distance Education
  •          Early Childhood Education
  •          Education Allowances
  •          Rural and Remote Schools
  •          School Travel
  •          Specific Needs Education
  •          Tertiary Education
  •          Training

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 and School membership are also available.  Please contact Membership Officer, Jane O'Brien FedMembership@icpafc.org.au



In February 2020, some of our Federal Executive met with State Council Presidents and other representatives in Melbourne. Front Row LtoR – Federal President Alana Moller, SA Secretary Edwina Bowie, Qld President Tammie Irons, NSW Secretary Deb Castle, Tas President Kate Thompson, WA President Tash Johns, Federal Secretary Suzanne Wilson. Back Row LtoR – SA President Jill Greenfield, NSW President Claire Butler, WA Vice President Sally Brindal and NT President Sarah Cook.