Federal Submissions 2016

A busy and productive year with 14 submissions lodged. Topics covered include a number on communications, visa requirements, Federation White Paper and Early Childhood.

5th December, 2016

Submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission  Into the Domestic Mobile Roaming Declaration Inquiry
The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the ACCC Domestic Mobile Roaming Declaration Inquiry discussion paper.

Domestic Mobile Roaming Inquiry Nov 2016

5th December, 2016

Submission: Consumer representation: Review of section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 Issues paper.
It gives ICPA (Aust) great pleasure to contribute to the Submission: Consumer representation: Review of section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 Issues paper.
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is an extremely effective organisation in representing consumers in relation to telecommunications.

ACCAN review submission Nov 2016

31st October, 2016

Submission to the Australian National Audit Office’s Performance Audits of the Administration of the Youth Allowance (Student) and ABSTUDY Payment Schemes October 2016

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association ICPA (Aust) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Australian National Audit Office’s (ANAO) performance audits of the administration of both the Youth Allowance (Student) and ABSTUDY payment schemes with issues and experiences our members have reported.

Submission to the Australian National Audit Office's Performance Audits of the Administration of the Youth Allowance (Student) and ABSTUDY Payment Schemes October 2016

14th October, 2016

Submission to Working Holiday Maker Visa Review Sept 2016

ICPA (Aust) welcomes the opportunity to highlight issues that concern our rural and remote members in relation to the impact of the proposed change to the ‘Backpacker’ tax on the Australian labour market and on rural and remote families.

Submission to Working Holiday Maker Visa Review Sept 2016

11th October, 2016

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

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), welcomes the opportunity to provide information and comments to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016 and the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016.

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

11th October, 2016

Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into the National Education Evidence Base Draft Report October 2016

ICPA Australia contributed information that may assist in working towards a system that would provide a comprehensive evidence base for policy development in early learning and school education now and in the future. This includes the consideration of current data holdings at a national, state and sectoral level, their effectiveness in supporting educational outcomes, and the long term vision for such educational data holdings.

Submission to the PC's Inquiry into Nat Ed Evidence Base Oct 2016

26th August, 2016

Submission to the ACCC August 2016

ICPA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission into the consultation for broadband speed claims.

For our members that are able to access and utilise mobile broadband for the provision of education services, speed is important when selecting a service. Nevertheless, choice of provider or service is extremely limited in much of regional and remote Australia. 

Submission to the ACCC August 2016

19th July, 2016

Submission to the Telecommunications USO Public Inquiry July 2016
ICPA (Aust) believes technology has not yet provided an alternative to a USO mandated fixed telephone service for rural, remote and isolated subscribers. Given the current demographic trends in rural, remote and isolated areas, the retail market for relevant services will not deliver appropriate outcomes for consumers unless such retail service providers are required by legislation to do so.  

ICPA (Aust) does support the Universal Service Obligation encompassing mobile telephone service and data, but it should not come at the price of endangering the existence of fixed telephone services for those living in rural and remote Australia who have no other alternative for guaranteed telecommunications services.

Submission to the Telecommunications USO Public Inquiry July 2016

4th July, 2016

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. Download to read more

Submission to VET FEE-HELP Discussion Paper June 2016

12th June, 2016

Submission on the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Process - May 2016

ICPA (Aust) believes, engaging in tertiary education at an institution of choice should be an option for all young Australians who have the ability and desire to fulfil their goal regardless of their socio-economic status or geographic location.

We advocate that students isolated from tertiary education due to location, must be recognised as a separate disadvantaged group so that assistance is provided and enhances the access to tertiary education. These students who continue to be under-represented at university, face many barriers to accessing tertiary education including costs of relocation, tuition and living expenses, socio-economic status, distance from tertiary education institutions and preparedness.

Download the full submission to read about ICPA's recommendations.

Submission on the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Process - May 2016

18th April, 2016

Discussion Paper for the Reform of Federation White Paper
Roles & Responsibilities in Education - February 2015

Part A:
Child Care and Early Childhood Learning and Schooling
ICPA agrees with the notion that not all of the pressures on child care, early learning, schooling and tertiary education can be attributed to the allocation of roles and responsibilities between levels of governments. 

Part B:
Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education
Governments have worked to improve the quality and regulation of the VET system, but users need better information to help them decide which qualifications will best suit their needs and help them get a job.

Submission - Discussion of Education Issues - Reform of Federation White Paper 2015

7th April, 2016

2016-2017 Pre Budget Submission

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust), is pleased to provide a number of recommendations for consideration in the 2016-17 budget that contribute towards achieving equity of educational opportunity for children and students living in rural and remote regions, thus ensuring they have access to a continuing and appropriate education determined by their aspirations rather than their location.

Improving the educational outcomes for rural and remote students requires a nation-wide approach that ensures national consistency no matter where education is provided. The financial cost to families educating children in these locations continues to rise and can be attributed to many leaving these areas.

This submission forms part of our lobby for allowances to assist families and students in rural and remote areas of Australia in order to gain equity in accessing education.

Submission - 2016-2017 Pre-Budget

7th April, 2016

Submission to the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Investment - Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee on the Inquiry into the effect of reduced Commonwealth funding for the state and territory provided schools.

ICPA applauds the aims of the Education Bill to enable schools to provide excellent education for all students, to ensure that Australian schooling is equitable, and to place Australian student performance within the top five globally in recognised international testing by 2025. However, much work remains for rural and remote schooling to participate in the realisation of these aims.

Submission into Senate Inquiry into School Funding March 2016

27th February, 2016

Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee on the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015. 

While our organisation is pleased with many of the changes to be introduced, in particular the Nanny Pilot Programme which will assist in meeting the needs of families unable to access mainstream child care service, ICPA’s concerns pertain to the need to assist families where the children remain in the care of their parents, who have no choice other than educating their children through Distance Education schooling (including early childhood learning).

Submission - Jobs for Families Child Care Package