Federal Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Briefing Paper

The AIC Scheme was implemented in 1973 to assist rural and remote families with the extracosts of educating their children who are geographically isolated from an appropriate government school.

The AIC allowance consists of three main categories for geographically isolated students:

  • Boarding and Additional Boarding Allowance for students boarding away from home at a school, hostel or private arrangement
  • Second Home Allowance for students living in the family’s second home so they can attend school daily
  • Distance Education Allowance for students living at home and undertaking distance education.

ICPA (Aust) calls for timely increases and improvements to the Isolated Children (AIC) Allowance to ensure equity for all students, regardless of their geographical location.