4th September, 2015
Education Act Review 2014.
The Tasmanian State Council of ICPA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Review of the Tasmanian Education Act including issues relevant to families living in rural and remote Tasmania.
Tasmania ICPA made comments to the following sections of the review: Guiding Principles for Education; Parent, Community and Education Partnerships; Enrolment (including starting and leaving ages); and Government School Operations.
The Tasmanian Education Act Review must ensure that all Tasmanian students including rural and remote students have equity of access to a high-quality appropriate education delivered by highly trained year-level and subject-specific teachers to enable them to attain the best possible educational outcome.
13th September, 2015
Future Provision Year 11 & 12 Education in Regional Tasmania Submission.
This is a response to the Future Provision of Years 11 & 12 Education in Regional Tasmania: A Discussion Paper from ICPA Tasmania Inc State Council in December, 2012.
ICPA (Tasmania) can see many positive outcomes from offering years 11 & 12 in our rural
schools; however we do not want that to impact the choices our students have with the
current system. Education should be about choices that suit individual students, and we
shouldn’t take any of those options away.
4th September, 2015
ICPA submission to reinstate the Accommodation Allowance for for Tertiary Students.
This submission was made in December 2012.
Tertiary education should be an option for all Tasmanian students and rural and remote
Tasmanian students should have equity of access to this education. Affordability is a key
determinant in access for many rural and remote students. Many rural students have to
relocate to access tertiary studies and this is often beyond their financial means.
Rural and remote Tasmanian students have added costs of relocating:
- Upfront costs of accessing and paying for accommodation
- Travel costs to access tertiary institutions
- Costs of living away from home
ICPA Tasmania requests that the Tasmanian State Government reinstate the Accommodation Allowance for Tertiary Students (AATS) as financial assistance for rural and remote students who must live away from home to access tertiary education.