ICPA welcomes Election Announcement

Posted on June 24, 2016

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association welcomes the announcement made by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce at the National Press Club on the 22nd June that the Coalition will commit to:

  1. Increase of the Assistance for Isolated Children’s (AIC) Additional Boarding Allowance by 50% to provide support to low-income families whose geographically isolated child boards away from their family home.
  2. Reduce the period students need to be employed under the self-supporting criteria from 18mths to 14mths under Youth Allowance & ABSTUDY living allowance for regional & remote students
  3. 1200 new Rural & Regional Enterprise scholarships for undergraduate, postgraduate & vocational education students to undertake STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) studies

And finally, ICPA looks forward to working with stakeholders in the newly announced independent review into equity of educational access for rural and regional students to bridge the divide.

On behalf of our members we thank Minister Joyce, Senator Barry O’Sullivan and LNP candidate for Maranoa David Littleproud for listening to our lobby and fighting for education equality for rural and remote students.

To learn more about the issues affecting rural and remote students please click here.

For further information and comments please contact:

Wendy Hick, Federal President ICPA Australia Ph: 07 4995 3266
Email: FedPresident@icpa.com.au

Nikki Macqueen, Federal Publicity Officer ICPA Australia Ph: 0417 793 705 Email: FedPublicityOfficer@icpa.com.au