ICPA (Aust) presents open letter to the Federal Government calling for an urgent increase to the AIC Boarding Allowance

Published: Thursday, 21 December 2023
children working in woolshed

ICPA (Aust), with the endorsement of 20 key rural organisations to date, has called on the Federal Government in an open letter to Minister Rishworth - here

Many children living in rural and remote areas of Australia do not have daily access to a physical secondary school, and therefore must attend boarding school to access their senior education. The disparity between the AIC Basic Boarding Allowance and the actual cost of boarding fees across Australia continues to grow and families are struggling to afford their children's compulsory education.  

Adequate financial support for families is vital to ensure they remain living in these areas with their families, and to retain and strengthen critical population mass in rural and remote Australia.