Federal Submissions

These are formal responses to discussion papers compiled by ICPA on behalf of our membership.

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26th July, 2020

ICPA (Aust) is appreciative of the Australian Government’s commitment to students in rural and remote areas reaching their potential in their chosen career pathway. Quality access to career information and pathways is pivotal for rural and remote students, their families and rural communities as potentially trainees/students will return to the rural setting bringing back skills to their local area.

This in turn will benefit rural and remote communities by enhancing their economic and social sustainability and improve viability and progress.

The final report for the Review has been endorsed by education ministers and is available to view here.

Submission to the Review of Senior Secondary Pathways into Work, Further Education and Training

7th July, 2020

ICPA (Aust) is pleased to be able to provide comment to the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training Inquiry into the education of students in remote and complex environments. As an organisation focused on equitable educational access for geographically isolated students, we feel it is imperative that they be recognised as a distinct disadvantage group and welcome the opportunity to highlight the barriers associated with being educated in a remote area. ICPA (Aust) is encouraged that this inquiry has been established and welcomes any initiatives focused on delivering better outcomes for remote students.

ICPA Aust Submission into Education in Remote and Complex Environments

7th July, 2020

ICPA (Aust) is pleased to have the opportunity to highlight the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of students in remote environments. Many of the impacts and challenges for remote students and their education during the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and reiterated the unique disadvantages that students in remote educational environments face. Rural and remote students should be recognised as a uniquely disadvantaged group. Specific programs are required to serve these students’ unique needs to ensure their educational opportunities and outcomes are equitable to their urban peers.

ICPA Aust Submission Inquiry into Remote and Complex Environments Home learning and teaching in COVID-19

7th July, 2020

ICPA (Aust) welcomes any commitment to ensuring and enhancing online safety, especially for children. Online access is an essential tool for many geographically isolated children due to its ability to provide educational platforms not otherwise available to these students and also to allow students who must leave remote areas to study, to maintain contact with their families. It is for these reasons that any Online Safety framework needs to recognise that for these children, online access is often a useful tool, however, equally there needs to be procedures and plans in place that safeguard these children within their online activity.

ICPA Aust Submission Online Safety Act

7th July, 2020

Improving the educational outcomes for rural and remote students requires a nationwide approach to ensure national consistency no matter where education is provided. The financial cost to families educating children in geographically isolated locations continues to rise and the loss of many families from these areas can be attributed to the cost and difficulties of accessing education.

Pre-Budget Submission 2020-21

7th July, 2020

ICPA (Aust) advocates for geographically isolated children and believes that any standardised testing model, such as NAPLAN needs to consider these children as being a unique disadvantage group. Rural and remote students need to be provided with equitable opportunity, support and assistance to ensure NAPLAN is effective in assessing key outcomes for these children.

ICPA Aust Submission to the NAPLAN Review

14th March, 2020

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia (ICPA Aust) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposed Design of Alternative Voice Trials in rural and remote areas of Australia.

Students whose family home is in rural and remote Australia and who are enrolled in Schools of Distance Education, rely heavily on telecommunications to access daily lessons, via both telephone and internet. Most would be in the 0.7% of the population that have no access to any mobile network. Our member families also attend small rural schools that are currently dependent on landlines for contact for teacher support/assistance/mentoring, emergencies and general administration tasks of a school. There are quite a few rural small schools which are not in mobile coverage areas.

ICPA (Aust) Submission into Alternative Voice Trials

14th March, 2020

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Australian Education Amendment (Direct Measure of Income) Bill 2020 [Provisions].

ICPA (Aust) firmly believes that the Capacity to Contribute Socio-Economic Status Score Methodology, as it currently stands, will have an extensive impact on rural and remote families when applied to independent, non-government boarding schools that many of our member families rely on to access education for their children.

ICPA (Aust) Submission to Australian Education Amendment (Direct Measure of Income) Bill 2020 [Provisions]
Federal Submissions 2018
A total of eleven submissions were lodged by the Isolated Children's Parents' Association in 2018.

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Federal Submissions 2017
Eight submissions were lodged in 2017 with a huge amount of work going in to many of them.

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Federal Submissions 2016
A busy and productive year with 14 submissions lodged. Topics covered include a number on communications, visa requirements, Federation White Paper and Early Childhood.

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Federal Submissions 2015
Submissions relating to the Family Payment Structural Reform and Participation Measures Bill, MBS Taskforce consultation, Students with Disability, Regional Telecommunications Review and others.

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Federal Submissions 2014
Submissions on higher education, early childhood, childcare, social services review, Australian curriculum, mobile telephone coverage, and pre-budget submissions.

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Federal Submissions 2013
Submissions covering topics such as the demand driven funding system, Australian education bill, higher education and pre-budget submissions.

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Federal Submissions 2012
The Australian education bill and the budget based funding review submissions can be found here.

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Federal Media Releases (archived)
The following are media releases available for download

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