Apprenticeships and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are pathways that many rural and remote students venture along.

The Federal ICPA team looking after this portfolio is Sally Sullivan (portfolio leader), Kate Thompson and Jane O’Brien.


Sally Sullivan


Jane O'Brien


Kate Thompson

The Training Reports presented at the annual Federal Conference can be read here:
2019 Training Report, 2018 Training Report, 2017 Training Report

Motion updates can be read here:

2017 Training Update, 2016 Training Update, 2015 Training Update

Training Policy

Our training policies are based on arising member issues and relate to the training education needs of rural and remote students.

Federal Training Education Policy – May 2014

Federal Educational Allowances Policy - 2014

Useful Websites

My Skillsvet_real-skills_logo
My Skills website provides a national directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations, courses, campus facilities and services. It enables the student to search for and compare VET courses and training providers and courses by industry and skills in demand.


Australian Apprenticeships

This website provides quick, up to date and easy access to information regarding Australian Apprenticeships. It includes programs, support and advice for people looking to start apprenticeships and also support and assistance for apprentices during their apprenticeships

Or phone:  Australian Apprenticeships Referral Line 13 38 73


Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

This website lists a state by state guide to some financial incentives and benefits for apprenticeships.

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways provides information, tools and resources covering a range of potential apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways.

My Future

My Future is an easy-to-use interactive online service with career information, assisting people to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions and includes up-to-date details of education and training providers, scholarships and courses Australia-wide

The Good Universities Guide

The Good Universities Guide will assist students and families to find courses at Australia’s universities, TAFEs and Training colleges.

Job Outlook

Job Outlook is an interactive site which can help you make decisions about study and training, your first job, or the next step in your career.

Study Assist

Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study including links to study options, subsidised fees and government loans (HELP and VET Student Loans), loan repayments, scholarships and additional student income support options.

·        Beyond Year 12

The section contains information on comparing courses and providers in both the higher education and vocational education and training (VET) sectors.

·        Beyond School Study Guide – digital resource aimed at year 10 to year 12 students that provides information on tertiary study options and government assistance.

Vocational Education and Training – Australian Government

This Government website contains information and links to websites relating to VET.


Youth Allowance Overview – Helpful Information

The Youth Allowance Document aims to summarise the lengthy YA website.  ICPA would like to thank the Department of Human Services for their invaluable assistance with clarification of information for this document – it is updated in January each year.

Youth Allowance overview 2018


Training Submissions - All ICPA (Aust) submissions can be viewed here

ICPA (Aust) is pleased to lodge the following submission to the Department of Education and Training on the Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act.

Submission to the VET Regulator Act August 2017

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Redesigning VET FEE-HELP Discussion Paper with recommendations for consideration to ensure equity of access to the Vocational and Educational system for rural and remote students.

Submission on the VET Fee-HELP Discussion Paper June 2016