15/08/2013 5:51 pm

A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege of attending the 2013 ICPA Federal Conference, which was held at the Stamford Grand, in Glenelg (Adelaide), South Australia.  Firstly, we’d like to thank our respective local ICPA branches for allowing us the opportunity to attend as delegates, on their behalf.  It was the first federal conference for us all, and it was an amazing experience – one which we hope to continue in the years ahead.

Whilst travelling to Adelaide we were a little unsure of what to expect, or what we would get out of the conference (and also feeling a very guilty about leaving our children behind for 3 nights), however we must say that we barely had time to miss the kids (and our very supportive and understanding husbands!), as the two day conference, and nightly functions, kept us well and truly captivated and entertained.  The atmosphere is amazing, with such a positive feel, and it is so inspiring, and motivating, to be in a room filled with men and women from across Australia, who are all passionate about one thing – a quality education for our rural and remote kids!

There was a range of motions put forward, and debated, under different fields, from boarding schools, communications, curriculum, distance education, early childhood education and care, to tertiary and youth allowance.  There was a focus on lobbying to increase the AIC Boarding Allowance, to better reflect the real costs, and introducing a Tertiary Access Allowance, to give rural and remote students more financial ability to attend university.

We must commend ICPA SA, and all their hardworking coordinators and volunteers, who organised and delivered an exceptional few days.  The company, and the food, were amazing!  We had a great chance to connect with other mums about Teach Outback, and it was a great chance to spread the word about what we’ve been up to, and get some feedback from those already using the website.

ICPA Federal Conference 2013

 Teach Outback display at conference