Federal Submissions 2015

27th February, 2016

Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2015.

This submission addresses two issues that are of concern ICPA families. The first relates to families educating their children by distance education and the second pertains to families who must board their children away from home at boarding school for their secondary education.

Family Payments Structural Reform & Participation Measures

9th November, 2015

The Isolated Children's Parents' Association of Australia (ICPA Aust), is pleased to provide a submission to inform and guide the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce in identifying areas for priority action. ICPA (Aust) appreciates the opportunity to contribute to this important area of government decision making.

Submission to the MBS Taskforce Consultation Nov 2015

14th October, 2015

The Federal Council of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, (ICPA Aust), thanks the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for the opportunity to contribute to the Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (More Generous Means Testing for Youth Payments) Bill 2015.

Our organisation supports the introduction of this bill, currently before the Senate and have expressed our gratitude to the Federal Government to remove the Family Assets Test, the Family Actual Means Test and the altering of the Parental Income Test for students who wish to access dependant Youth Allowance (YA). Our association views these changes as having a very positive impact for rural and remote students, as the removal of the Family Asset Test has been a long term objective for ICPA (Aust) in order to lift the participation rate of these students at university.

Social Services Submission Oct 2015

27th August, 2015

Federal Council's submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Education and Employment on the current levels of access and attainment for students with disability in the school system and the impact on students and families associated with inadequate levels of support.

Submission for Students with a Disability Aug 2015

15th July, 2015

Regional Telecommunications Review

The Federal Council of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia (ICPA Aust), welcomes the opportunity to have input into the Regional Telecommunications Review 2015 Issues Paper.

In its 44 years as a volunteer organisation, ICPA has achieved much for families and children who are isolated from access to educational services. For rural and remote residents, ICPA seeks to ensure, as the minimum communication standard, services at a level at least equivalent to that available to the majority of urban Australian residents.

Read ICPA's submission to the Regional Telecommunications Review to find out more.

Submission - Regional Telecommunications Review 2015

22nd May, 2015

Impact of Australian temporary work visa program

This submission was to the Senate Standing Committees on Education and Employment in relation to the impact of Australia's temporary work visa programs on the Australian labout market and on the temporary work visa holders.

ICPA's submission is in relation to a draft recommendation (8.7) by the Productivity Commission's Future Options for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning which recommended that the Australian Government should simplify working holiday visa requirements to make it easier for families to employ au pairs, by allowing au pairs to work for a family for the full 12 month term of the visa, rather than the current limit of six months.

ICPA would like this recommendation extended to include not only au pairs but also staff (referred to as nannies or governesses) hired in rural and remote areas to care for or teach isolated children.

Submission - Australian Temporary Working Visa Program