ICPA (Aust) is a voluntary, non-profit, apolitical parent body dedicated to ensuring that all rural and remote students have equity of access to a continuing and appropriate education.
It encompasses the education of children from early childhood through to tertiary. Children may be educated in small rural schools, by distance education, attend boarding schools or school term hostels and sometimes have access to early childhood services. Tertiary students whose family home is in rural and remote Australia frequently must live away from home to access further education
The Association, established in 1971, has over 3,500 members, residing in the more remote parts of Australia, who all share a common concern of gaining access to education for their children and the provision of services required to achieve this.
Membership includes a cross section of Australia’s rural and remote population and includes fishermen, miners, itinerant employees, farmers, pastoralists and small business owners.
ICPA seeks to have all elements of education (cultural experiences, social contacts, participation in sport and other enriching activities) available for all children regardless of their home location.
To achieve its goal ICPA pursues objectives in the following areas:
- Education Allowances
- Boarding Schools/School Term Hostels
- Distance Education
- Special Education
- Rural and Remote Schools
- Early Childhood Education
- Tertiary Education