I was fortunate to attend the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) Federal Conference in Brisbane. The ICPA resolved to lobby for improved internet capability in rural and remote regions, recognising the crucial role connectivity plays in the education of children living and studying in remote areas. More information regarding ICPA is available at icpa.com.au.
Delegates were keen to hear that the Boarding Standard for Australian Schools and Residences has been released by Standards Australia. BA will work to support members in preparing for the Standard.
ICPA delegates committed to advocate for changes to the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Allowance and to address issues that impact on the availability of staff in rural and remote education, such as national Working with Children clearances and visa provisions. BA will support these efforts, as well as continuing to liaise with members and the Department of Human Services regarding potential improvements to Abstudy.
The presentation by Rob Cook, a farmer from remote NT who became quadriplegic after a helicopter accident on his property, was a particularly inspiring example of overcoming adversity (www.robcook.com.au).