Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity come rolling in.
Posted on August 2, 2016
The aptly titled "Waves Of Change, Oceans of Opportunity", the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) 45th annual Federal Conference will see delegates travelling from as far north as Burketown in Queensland to a long way south at Ross in Tasmania, to the Duxton Hotel in Perth on August 10 and 11.
To be officially opened on Wednesday August 10 by local Olympic rowing champion Hannah Vermeersch and to be followed by Australian cricketing great Justin Langer as the key note speaker, it promises to be two days that delegates are bound to enjoy. President of ICPA (Aust) Mrs Wendy Hick is excited by the commitment shown to the organisation with the confirmation that Senator Bridget McKenzie, Scott Buchholz MP and Melissa Price MP will be in attendance during conference to observe debate on the 116 motions that have been brought forward from across Australia.
Mrs Hick said, her first year as President had been rewarding and saw a number of significant changes including, the removal of the assets testing on Youth Allowance, the introduction of the Nanny Pilot Programme, the launch of the nbn satellite Sky Muster and the subsequent rollout of connections. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announcement prior to this year’s election that, if re-elected the Coalition Government promised to take the plight of educating the bush seriously and address the issues families are experiencing, was yet another memorable moment.
Despite the achievements of the last twelve months, Mrs Hick says there is still much work to be done to ensure that rural families are able to access appropriate and affordable education for their children. Motions being presented by branches this year focus on five main issues that need to be addressed immediately: the failure of the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) allowance to keep pace with the cost of boarding; the immense impact inadequate internet access has on families and distance education; the call for extension of the AIC to include four year olds beginning their formal education; the pursuit of the Distance Education Teaching Allowance (DETA), to recognise distance education tutors for providing what the government cannot and the provision of a Tertiary Access Allowance (TAA), to improve rural university participation.
More information can be found on our Conference App "ICPA Federal Conference 2016", website, facebook and twitter with the hashtag #ICPAconf16.
For further information and comments please contact:
Nikki Macqueen, Federal Publicity Officer, ICPA Australia
Ph: 0417 793 705