2021 ICPA (Aust) Submissions

These formal submissions have been compiled by ICPA (Aust) on behalf of rural and remote students and their educational needs.

Submission to the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee into the Regional Telecommunications Review 2021

Since the last Regional Telecommunications Review in 2018, there have been some major communications developments in regional, rural and remote locations. The nation has also experienced a considerably changed environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ICPA (Aust) has welcomed the telecommunication advances which have proven very beneficial to our members, including the roll out of Sky Muster Plus and COVID 19 related responses such as extra data allowances and SMS over WiFi.

Submission to the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee into the Regional Telecommunications Review 2021

Submission to the Quality Initial Teaching Education Review

ICPA (Aust) appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review from a rural and remote educational perspective. Geographically isolated students need to be considered as a unique disadvantage group in any discussions and consideration of education programs, including teacher education and the recruitment and retention of teachers in rural and remote Australia.

Submission to the Quality Initial Teaching Education Review

Submission to the Inquiry into Adult Literacy and its Importance

The impacts of geographical isolation on the educational outcomes of children need to be considered in the Inquiry into adult literacy and its importance in order to understand and address the potential implications in adulthood. Unless universal access to early childhood education and improved identification and services for students with learning difficulties and other contributing challenges associated with a lag in educational outcomes in rural and remote areas are addressed, we will continue to see deficient adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills, along with a lack of skilled workforce in regional, rural and remote communities of Australia.

Submission to the Inquiry into Adult Literacy and its Importance

Submission to the Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of Australia, ICPA (Aust) welcomes the opportunity to participate in the Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 and highlight the challenges that are unique to rural and remote students with disability, including from an early childhood perspective, to ensure the standards effectively support these children.

Submission to the Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

Submission to the Review into Consumer Safeguards – Part C: Choice and Fairness

In order to improve customer outcomes and industry compliance, whatever process is put into place to strengthen the code-making process, it needs to be enforceable.   If customer compensation for faulty or inoperable service exist in the regulations, then these types of compensation need to be done automatically, and not rely on a request from the customer. In any decisions made regarding consumer safeguards, the unique circumstances of rural and remote families need to be considered to ensure choice and fairness are upheld.    

Submission to the Review into Consumer Safeguards – Part C: Choice and Fairness