Rural Schools / School Travel

Rural and Remote locations in Australia provide the greatest challenges for improving provision of education options and pathways for children and families. Many children attend small schools with limited subject availability.  More isolated schools consist of one teacher classrooms that comprise multi-levels from Prep to year 6.

Air and road travel are essential modes of travel for rural and remote living and education as long distances are not avoidable and most times difficult with current challenges for families.

The Federal ICPA team looking after this portfolio is Nikki Mahony (portfolio leader), Nikki Macqueen, Wendy Hick and Jo Camilleri.


Nikki Mahony


Jo Camilleri


Wendy Hick


Nikki Macqueen


Rural Schools and School Travel Reports to Federal Conference.

Click on the reports to download. 2020 Report - 2019 Report - 2018 Report

Motion updates from Federal Conference can be read at the below links
2017 Motion Update  -  2016 Motion Update  -  2015 Motion Update

Currently the following airfare schemes are available: -

  • Qantas has two state trials in place at present for the public, one in Queensland and the other in Western Australia that offer a 30% variable discount; 
  • Rex Airlines have ‘bush to boarding’ scheme available in North Queensland between any Gulf port and Cairns and Brisbane to Mt Isa via Toowoomba, Charleville, Quilpie, Windorah, Birdsville, Bedourie and Boulia in western Queensland; 
  • Local residential fares in regions such as Charleville and Longreach in Qld where local government has worked with state government and airlines to offer residents reduced fares;  
  • Patient Assisted Travel Schemes (PATS) in WA, SA, NT and Qld and similarly named schemes in NSW and Tasmania provide financial assistance with travel and accommodation where rural and remote patients need to seek medical specialists.












Kim Hughes (Past ICPA Qld President; Wendy Hick (Current ICPA (Aust) President) and ICPA member Danielle Doyle were fortunate to be invited to speak at one of the panels on the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport into the operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities.  Click here to view the ICPA (Aust) submission lodged February 2018.

Current lobby for Rural Schools and School Travel Portfolio can be viewed here.

Learn how to access QANTAS Discounted Fares for Residents Program here.

16/08/19 QANTAS adds Roma and Charleville to Discount Fares for Residents Program here.

Follow this link to read QANTAS Media Release for discount details.

Follow this link to view the Qantas Discounted Fares for Residents in the Northern Territory.
Follow this link to view the Qantas Discounted Fares for Residents in Queensland.
Follow this link to view the Qantas Discounted Fares for Residents in Western Australia.