Motions for 2022 Conference

A 001ICPA Federal Council

Miscellaneous

“That the amended 2020 Federal Conference Minutes, as circulated on 10 December 2021, be ratified.”

CARRIED

A 002ICPA Federal Council

Miscellaneous

“That the 2021 Federal Conference Minutes as circulated on 15 June 2022 be accepted.”

CARRIED

A 01Lakes District Branch (WA)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to lobby the Minister for Education and the Minister for Social Services for an increase to the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Basic Boarding Allowance, to help ease financial pressures incurred as a result of increased fees charged by boarding facility providers.”

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A 02Western Australia State Council (WA)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to lobby the Minister for Social Services and all other relevant government departments for an increase to the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Basic Boarding Allowance, to help alleviate financial pressures incurred as a result of increased fees by boarding facilities.” Deemed covered by A1.

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A 03Nyngan Branch (NSW)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) requests that the Minister for Social Services increase the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Boarding Allowance to more closely reflect the real costs of educating isolated students.”

CARRIED

A 04Walgett Branch (NSW)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the relevant Federal Ministers to expand the current Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) criteria to include the following reason for receiving the AIC Boarding Allowance, under the Special Education Needs criteria:
• The only rural and remote local high schools Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) percentile is 2."

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A 05Walgett Branch (NSW)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the relevant Federal Ministers to expand the eligibility criteria of the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) to allow students living in Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) mapped ‘Remote’ and ‘Very Remote’ locations who are currently ineligible to access the AIC due to the distance criteria, be deemed eligible to receive AIC.”

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A 06Wentworth Branch (NSW)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to request the Federal Government and relevant Departments separate the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) into two categories – Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) and Assistance for Geographically Isolated Children (AGIC).”

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A 07Western Australia State Council (WA)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) brings to the attention of the Federal Government the impacts the new ‘Direct Measure of Income’ funding model may have on geographically isolated students who attend boarding schools when lobbying for increases to the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC).”

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A 08New South Wales State Council (NSW)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates the Federal Government to consider boarding school staff as Essential Supervisory Staff at all times.”

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A 09Broken Hill Branch (NSW)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates for rural and remote boarding school students and their immediate families to be classified as ‘Essential Travellers’ in emergency management plans.”

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A 10Balranald Branch (NSW)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) requests that relevant authorities create a standard essential traveller exemption for rural and remote boarding school students and their parents and tertiary students that live in a different State to their educational institution, should border closures occur in the future.”

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A 11Balranald Branch (NSW)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to request the relevant authorities consider the emotional well-being of boarding students when implementing COVID-19 management plans in boarding houses.”

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A 12Katherine Branch (NT)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to request the Minister for Communications ensure all rural and remote students have adequate internet access with regard to speed, quality, capabilities and cost of the service.”

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A 13Lakes District Branch (WA)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to advocate Government and telecommunications providers to ensure all geographically isolated students have appropriate and affordable internet access.”

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A 14Western Australia State Council (WA)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) seeks an assurance from nbn that the installation of a Sky Muster service and its hardware will continue at no cost to rural and remote student households, to ensure affordable access to education for geographically isolated students.”

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A 15Mount Isa Branch of the Air (QLD)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates to satellite internet providers to develop an affordable product (hardware and data packages) that can be accessed for the delivery of education by families who live and work in rural and remote areas for the majority of the school year away from a permanent place of residence.”

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A 16Mount Isa Branch of the Air (QLD)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates to the Federal Government for a subsidy, or other assistance, to reduce the cost of satellite internet (both hardware and data packages) to make these services more affordable to families who rely on transportable satellite internet solutions for the delivery of their children’s education due to living and working in rural and remote areas for the majority of the school year away from a permanent place of residence.”

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A 17Alice Springs Branch (NT)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to lobby the relevant ministers and departments to ensure that internet costs for working, travelling families of geographically isolated children enrolled in distance education have access to subsidised, transportable satellite internet and all associated costs involved with purchasing these kits are also subsidised.” Deemed covered by A16.

CARRIED

A 18Alice Springs Branch (NT)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to advocate to satellite internet providers to develop an affordable product that travelling families can access for the delivery of education.” Deemed covered by A16.

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A 19Kindon Branch (QLD)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the Minister for Communications, Minister for Education and relevant bodies, for rural and remote schools to continue to be a priority in future Mobile Black Spot Program rounds and that mobile coverage solutions, when implemented, work well and extend beyond school grounds.”

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A 20Western Australia State Council (WA)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the Minister for Communications and telecommunication providers, to investigate the reliability and capacity of backup power on mobile towers to ensure a consistent and uninterrupted delivery of educational programs to geographically isolated children and rural and remote schools.”

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A 21Western Australia State Council (WA)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to lobby the Minister for Communications to ensure the maintenance of landline services in rural and remote areas, until another means of reliable, affordable and appropriate voice service is available.”

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A 22Western Australia State Council (WA)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to lobby the Minister for Communications to ensure fault restoration and entitlements for geographically isolated students and their families occur within the Customer Service Guarantee (CSG) Standards.”

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A 23Alice Springs Branch (NT)

Communications

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies Australia Post and relevant government departments to ensure that geographically isolated distance education school materials are classified as essential mail and as such, their delivery is prioritised during mail disruptions, such as a natural disaster.”

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A 24Mount Isa Branch of the Air (QLD)

Curriculum

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates to the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and other relevant bodies for geographically isolated students to continue to be offered practical choices/alternatives for sitting National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing.”

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A 25Mount Isa Branch of the Air (QLD)

Curriculum

“That ICPA (Aust) works with Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) and other organisations to raise awareness among boarding schools that some rural and remote students are unable to participate in National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing and other external examination programs due to geographic isolation reasons, and this should not impact on their eligibility for enrolment at boarding schools.”

CARRIED

A 26CONJOINED MOTION presented by: Katherine Branch (NT), Western Australia State Council (WA), Goldfields Eyre Branch (WA), Alice Springs Branch (NT)

Distance Education

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to advocate the Federal Government to establish a Distance Education Teaching Allowance (DETA) in recognition of the role the Home Tutor plays in educating geographically isolated students via distance education.”

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A 27Northern Territory State Council (NT)

Distance Education

“That ICPA (Aust) requests that the Federal Minister for Education does table, at a forthcoming Education Ministers Meeting, a national approach to financially assisting distance education tutors in their delivery of public education in geographically isolated home schoolrooms; and to provide outcomes of this meeting back to ICPA (Aust).”

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A 28Broken Hill Branch (NSW)

Distance Education

“That ICPA (Aust) requests Services Australia to increase the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) for geographically isolated students undertaking secondary education via Distance Education.”

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A 29Capricornia Branch of the Air (QLD)

Distance Education

“That ICPA (Aust) lobby the relevant government departments to outline within the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Guidelines the impact on AIC payments for geographically isolated students enrolled in Schools of Distance Education, who have been medically certified ‘unfit’ to engage in their usual full- time course and have been granted a medical exemption by the School of Distance Education."

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A 30Alice Springs Branch (NT)

Distance Education

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the Australian Government to review and expand eligibility criteria for geographically isolated families claiming Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) through Centrelink to make it more accessible.”

CARRIED

A 31Western Australia State Council (WA)

Distance Education

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the Federal Government to ensure that Schools of the Air (SOTAs) are not overlooked in the Governments’ Student Wellbeing Boost.”

CARRIED

A 32Western Australia State Council (WA)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to lobby the Federal Government for geographically isolated pre-compulsory school students enrolled in a registered distance education program to receive the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Distance Education Allowance where they meet other eligibility criteria.”

CARRIED

A 33Katherine Branch (NT)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to advocate the Federal Government for the AIC Distance Education Allowance to be extended to include all geographically isolated pre-school students enrolled in a distance education program.”

CARRIED

A 34Goldfields Eyre Branch (WA)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to lobby the Federal Government for all pre-compulsory students, who are enrolled in a distance education program, to be granted the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Distance Education Allowance.” Deemed covered by A33.

CARRIED

A 35Western Australia State Council (WA)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the Federal Government to review the In Home Care (IHC) Scheme to provide better provision for geographically isolated families to access affordable childcare.”

CARRIED

A 36Northern Territory State Council (NT)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to impress upon the Minister for Education and the Minister for Early Childhood Education, the need to prioritise a review of the In Home Care (IHC) program, to improve its ability to suitably deliver a child care program for rural and remote families.”

CARRIED

A 37Katherine Branch (NT)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) requests that the Minister for Education amend the In Home Care (IHC) rules for families in remote areas to allow:
1. An educator to care for children from more than one family at the same time.
2. An educator to care for their own child whilst caring for children from another family(ies) under In Home Care.”

CARRIED

A 38Westmar-Inglestone Branch (QLD)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies relevant authorities to ensure that graduates with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education, or equivalent, who are less than the age of 18 years are eligible for positions of employment through the In Home Care (IHC) program, regardless of their age, but rather commensurate with their education qualifications.”

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A 39Capricornia Branch of the Air (QLD)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the relevant government departments to immediately introduce guidelines to regulate the service fees that are charged to families by In Home Care (IHC) Service Providers.”

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A 40Queensland State Council (QLD)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the relevant government departments to immediately introduce guidelines to regulate the service fees that are deducted from educator's pays/wages by In Home Care support agencies.”

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A 41Queensland State Council (QLD)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the relevant government departments to undertake a review of the current service fees that are being charged to educators by In Home Care (IHC) support agencies.”

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A 42Wentworth Branch (NSW)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) requests the Minister for Early Childhood Education review pay rates and incentives for
Early Childhood workers in rural and remote locations.”

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A 43Bourke Branch (NSW)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates to the relevant Federal Ministers for funding to be sought to address Early Childhood Teacher pay parity between teachers working at an Early Childhood Education and Care centre and a teacher working in early childhood education in a school.”

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A 44Cunnamulla Branch (QLD)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the Minister for Early Childhood Education and the Minister for Education to immediately prioritise re-establishing early childhood educational programs in recognised highly vulnerable rural and remote locations.”

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A 45South Australia State Council (SA)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates the Minister for Early Childhood Education and the relevant departments for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services, to consider the unique needs of rural and remote families when it comes to the eligibility criteria for funding and benefits such as the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).”

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A 46Western Australia Council State (WA)

Early Childhood Education and Care

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to lobby the Federal Government to implement a nationally recognised and administered Working with Children Card (WWCC).”

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A 47Alpha Branch (QLD)

Rural Schools / School Travel

“That ICPA (Aust) continues to lobby relevant bodies for an affordable ‘Student Concessional Fare’ for students attending educational institutions within Australia who need to travel between their home residence and the educational establishment they attend.”

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A 48Walgett Branch (NSW)

Rural Schools / School Travel

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the relevant Federal Ministers and the Education Ministers Meeting to implement a national funding program that would guarantee no young geographically isolated children are left on school or childcare buses by installing sensor devices that sense sound and movement, to detect and alert drivers if young children have been left in the vehicle.”

CARRIED

A 49Bourke Branch (NSW)

Specific Education Needs

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates the Federal Government for a permanent Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item number for telehealth consultations to be assigned to telehealth Allied Health Services, specialists and consultations, including but not limited to Speech Pathology, Paediatricians and Psychologists, where they aren’t already available, to support the specific educational needs and learning difficulties of geographically isolated children.”

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A 50Northern Territory State Council (NT)

Specific Education Needs

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates to Private Healthcare Australia (which is Australia’s private health insurance industry’s peak representative body) to ensure the rebates provided by private health insurers extend to allied health services delivered via telehealth, including speech pathology and indeed any allied health service necessary for the normal educational development of geographically isolated children.”

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A 51Northern Territory State Council (NT)

Specific Education Needs

“That ICPA (Aust) urges the Federal Minister for Health and other relevant Ministers and agencies to ensure that federally funded health clinics across Australia are accessible to all Australians, so all geographically isolated children can receive a diagnosis and ongoing treatment of medical issues that impede their ability to learn and thrive.”

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A 52Alpha Branch (QLD)

Specific Education Needs

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates to the Federal Government to implement financial assistance and incentives to attract qualified health graduates to rural and remote areas to ensure the availability and accessibility of adequate specialist services for rural and remote children with specific learning needs.”

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A 53Kindon Branch (QLD)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies all relevant Federal Government Ministers to significantly increase the Dependent Youth Allowance parental income limit to reflect the actual cost for rural and remote families who support dependent students at a tertiary level.”

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A 54Bourke Branch (NSW)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates the Federal Government to change the criteria for gaining Independent Youth Allowance, so that rural and remote students who have to leave home to study at tertiary level and are not eligible for Dependent Youth Allowance, are eligible for Independent Youth Allowance as soon as they commence the tertiary course of their choice.”

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A 55Bourke Branch (NSW)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates the Federal Government to change the eligibility criteria for Independent Youth Allowance, so that those rural and remote students who choose to save or invest their earnings during the working period prior to attending university, are not disadvantaged by the Liquid Assets criteria.”

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A 56Katherine Branch (NT)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates for the removal of the parental threshold from the Independent Youth Allowance for students applying under rural and remote work criteria.”

CARRIED

A 57Louth Branch (NSW)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates the Minister for Social Services to increase Centrelink rent assist payments for rural and remote students who need to relocate from home to access their chosen pathway.”

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A 58Lakes District Branch (WA)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) requests the Federal Government to review the criteria for the Relocation Scholarship to include all students from geographically isolated areas who must relocate for the purpose of undertaking a university pathway and who do not qualify for Dependent Youth Allowance; and for this to be a standalone allowance.”

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A 59Walgett Branch (NSW)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the relevant Ministers to change the criteria for the Relocation Scholarship to include all students from regional or remote areas relocating who do not qualify for Dependent Youth Allowance.” - Deemed Covered by A58.

CARRIED

A 60Bourke Branch (NSW)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates the relevant Federal Ministers to change the criteria of the Relocation Scholarship so that tertiary students from remote and rural areas, who are not eligible to receive other student allowances, still receive the Relocation Scholarship if they are leaving home to study the year after completing Year 12.”

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A 61Western Australia State Council (WA)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) requests the Federal Government review the criteria for the Relocation Scholarship to ensure all geographically isolated students who must relocate from their usual place of residence for the purpose of undertaking post-compulsory studies are eligible.” Deemed covered by A60.

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A 62Western Australia State Council (WA)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) seeks clarification from the Federal Government and Services Australia to confirm that to be eligible for Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) the qualifying course can start either Semester 1 or Semester 2 in the study year immediately following year 12 and for this information to be clearly visible on the website.”

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A 63Western Australia State Council (WA)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) requests the Federal Government and Services Australia include the words ‘with a minimum duration of one academic year’ to the Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) study rules students need to meet on the Services Australia website.”

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A 64Lakes District Branch (WA)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) requests the Federal Government to review the criteria of the Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) for all rural and remote tertiary students.”

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A 65Western Australia State Council (WA)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the Federal Government to ensure regional universities are included in the proposed improvements as mentioned in the ‘Your Education Policy - A stronger university system’.”

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A 66Louth Branch (NSW)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) advocates the Minister for Education to consider ways to condense tertiary training, such as at Marcus Oldham Agricultural College.”

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A 67Western Australia State Council (WA)

Training

“That ICPA (Aust) lobbies the Federal Government to ensure regional TAFEs are included in the proposed improvements as mentioned in the ‘Your Education Policy - TAFE Technology Fund’.”

CARRIED

A 68Bollon Branch (QLD)

Miscellaneous

“That ICPA (Aust) allocates funds each year to an external professional consultancy to advise and mentor on how to best gain traction on some longstanding lobbies.”

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A 69Yaraka-Isisford Branch (Qld)

Miscellaneous

“That ICPA (Aust), on behalf of all ICPA Branches, acknowledges, thanks and appropriately recognises the out-going editor of Pedals Magazine, Mrs Raelene Hall, for the outstanding job she has done as editor of Pedals Magazine since October 2005.” Carried by acclamation.

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A 70Northern Territory State Council (NT)

Miscellaneous

“That ICPA (Aust) Federal Council accepts our collective gratitude for the work you put into not only advocating for members but also for the depth and quality of information you develop, make available, and share with stakeholders, State Councils, and members in the course of your advocacy on a national level.” Carried with acclamation

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A 71ICPA Federal Council

Annual General Meeting

“That the Minutes of the 2021 AGM be accepted.”

CARRIED

A 72ICPA Federal Council

Annual General Meeting

“That the 2021 - 2022 Audited Report be received and accepted.”

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A 73ICPA Federal Council

Annual General Meeting

“That the Federal membership fee remains at $22.00 per member family for the 2023 membership year.”

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A 74ICPA Federal Council

Annual General Meeting

“That Corporate Membership be set at $275.00 per organisation for the 2023 membership year.”

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A 75ICPA Federal Council

Annual General Meeting

“That School Corporate Membership be set at $275.00 per school or educational institution for the 2023 membership year.”

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A 76ICPA Federal Council

Annual General Meeting

“That Queensland Audit Services be appointed as auditor for the 2022 – 2023 financial year.”

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A 77Northern Territory State Council (NT)

Annual General Meeting

“That ICPA NT hosts the 2023 Federal Conference in Darwin on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 July 2023.” Carried with acclamation.

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A 78New South Wales State Council (NSW)

Annual General Meeting

“That ICPA-NSW hosts the 2024 Federal Conference in New South Wales.” Carried with acclamation.

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S 01Bollon Branch (QLD)

Boarding / Hostels / Second Home

“That ICPA (Aust) continue to raise awareness directly with Boarding Schools and the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) about the important role they play in affordability and access to education for geographically isolated (GI) children.”

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S 02Katherine Branch (NT)

Tertiary Education

“That ICPA (Aust) raises the awareness to the relevant Ministers and administrators of the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program of the hardship caused by unacceptably late payment of some Semester 1, 2022 instalments.”

CARRIED

S 03Yaraka-Isisford (QLD)

Miscellaneous

“That ICPA Australia investigate options to partner with a nationwide accommodation provider or hotel chain in offering a member discount loyalty program to help ease travel costs incurred by ICPA Members needing to access education and essential services in major centres and capital cities.”

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