Federal Submissions

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

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12th July, 2019

ICPA (Aust) has lodged a submission into the  Review of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.
The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), expects that the national aspiration declaration on Australian Education will consider all groups of students and their educational needs, regardless of where they live or how difficult it may be for them to access an education due to factors such as geographic isolation.

Submission Review of Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians - June 2019

12th July, 2019

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Report of the Allied Health Reference Group:  Review of the Allied Health MBS items.
ICPA recommends that a Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item number be allocated to speech pathology consultations by telehealth, not just for severe speech disorders, but also for any speech disorders which will affect education and wellbeing if left untreated.

Medicare Benefits Schedule Taskforce Review comments June 2019

20th May, 2019

In October 2018, ICPA (Aust) wrote to Federal Treasurer, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP expressing our members’ concern regarding the Fringe Benefit Tax that is placed on rural employers who assist with necessary boarding school costs for children of employees in order to retain skilled staff in rural and remote areas.  The Hon. Stuart Robert MP, Federal Assistant Minister, replied to our request suggesting that ICPA (Aust) consider putting forth the information around this issue into a submission for the Productivity Commission Review into Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments.

Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments Productivity Commission Review 2019

23rd February, 2019

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), is pleased to provide several recommendations for consideration in the 2019-20 budget to contribute to achieving equity of educational opportunity for children and students living in rural and remote regions, thus ensuring they have access to a continuing and appropriate education determined by their aspirations rather than their location.

Improving the educational outcomes for rural and remote students requires a nation-wide approach to ensure national consistency no matter where education is provided. The financial cost to families educating children in these 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 2019-2020

23rd February, 2019

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy and highlight key issues and challenges raised by ICPA members concerning access to tertiary and training education for rural and remote students.

ICPA (Aust) believes engaging in tertiary education at an institution of their choice and in vocational education and training (VET), should be an option for all Australian students who have the ability, ambition, motivation and desire to pursue their goals and succeed regardless of their socio-economic status or geographic location.

National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy Submission January 2019

23rd February, 2019

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Vocational Education and Training Review with issues relevant to rural and remote students and recommendations for consideration to ensure equity of access to the Vocational Education and Training system for rural and remote students.

ICPA (Aust) believes engaging in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector should be an option to pursue for all young Australians who have the ability, ambition and motivation to succeed in an apprenticeship or training vocation, regardless of their socio-economic status or geographic location.

Vocational Education and Training Review January 2019

23rd February, 2019

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Consumer Safeguards Review Consultation – Part B Reliability of Services.

Internet connectivity is a key factor in providing students living in geographic isolation with access to curriculum opportunities and extra-curricular endeavours. Access to reliable and adequate internet must be a priority to ensure these students have educational opportunity.

Consumer Safeguards Review Consultation - Part B Reliability of Services January 2019
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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