Early Childhood, Education and Care

ICPA seeks to ensure that an appropriate and affordable range of early childhood programs and child care be available to support children and families who live in rural and remote areas. This includes the provision of recognised early childhood distance education programs where there is no reasonable access to an education centre and flexible child care appropriate to families’ needs.

The Federal ICPA team looking after this portfolio is Jane Morton (portfolio leader), Sally Sullivan and Christie Goddard.


Jane Morton


Sally Sullivan


Christie Goddard

Early Childhood, Education and Care Portfolio Reports to Federal conference.

Click on the reports to download. 2018 Report - 2017 Report -  2016 Report

AIC Distance Education Allowance for 4-year-olds

mca-hard-at-workThe only means of accessing early childhood education for approximately 189 children across remote Australia is through distance education programs. While states and territories have provided such programs, families living in remote areas wishing to access these are bearing the entire costs associated with taking part in them. ICPA is working to see the AIC Distance Education allowance be extended to this cohort in order to make early childhood programs more affordable.

ECEC Position Paper May 2018


Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and National Quality Framework Updates

Universal access ensures that a quality preschool program (also referred to as kindergarten in some states) is available for all children in the year before full-time school. ICPA is seeking to ensure this occurs for all rural and remote children.

Commitment to Quality Preschool Education.

Changes to the National Quality Framework


The new In Home Care (IHC) model has replaced the old IHC and the Nanny Pilot Program from 2 July 2018.

A rwool-balesecent In Home Care survey was conducted in November 2017 which showed that the new IHC model needed to be more flexible and affordable to suit our families’ needs.

In Home Care Survey November 2017

Further information on In Home Care

In Home Care Concerns November 2018


Mobile Early Childhood Services

picture5Many of these previously Budget Based Funded (BBF) services do not fit the requirements of the New Child Care Package, however PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been working with these services and we are hopeful that they will continue after 2 July 2018.

One Size Does Not fit All Media Release


Working With Children Checks (WWCC)

Since the Royal Commission into Child Abuse report which investigated WWCC was released, a national working group has been established and recommendations for any decisions are likely to be made in the first half of 2018.


Second Year Working Holiday Visas

ICPA is still working to add Distance Education tutors and Child Care workers to the ‘specified work’ list for second year visas, to enable visiting overseas workers to return to rural and remote families the following year, particularly as these workers are in such short supply.



Submission to Working Holiday Visa Review Sept 2016

Submission to Senate Inquiry on the Proposed Child Care Changes Sept 2016

Submission Jobs for Families Child Care Package Jan 2016

Submission into Temporary Working Visa Program April 2015

Appendix A Discussion of Ed Issues for Reform of Federation White Paper March 2015

Future Options for ECEC Sept 2014

Submission into Child Care & Early Childhood Learning Feb 2014