Links to useful information
Fact Sheet - USO Report 2017
The USO is the universal obligation for every Australian to have access to a fixed landline. The PC Report findings indicate the need for a USO is declining given the increasing reliance of mobile phones and the roll out of the nbn, which has a provision for a voice service. ICPA Qld does not dispute that in some instances the relevance of the USO is declining, however, for the 90,000 premises across Australia who are largely in the satellite footprint and have no mobile phone coverage, access to a fixed landline is paramount. For the full Fact Sheet, please Read More
Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation News
The link is to the Productivity Commissions final Report to the Telecommunication Universal Service Obligation and the Briefing Paper is ICPA Qld response. For ICPA Qld Response to the Productivity Commission Report into the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (TUSO)
Briefing Paper please Read More and to go to the Federal Government's Productivity Commion's webpage for more information on this, please go to this link : Productivity Commission webpage .
School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS)
In some areas, parents are required to make private arrangements to transport their students to and from school, or to and from a bus stop. These families may be eligible to apply for conveyance allowance to assist with the cost of this travel. Please click on this link to find out more: STAS
Queensland Government Allowances
Living Away from Home Allowances Scheme (LAFHAS)
The Department of Education, Training and the Arts provides assistance to eligible Queensland parents whose children must board away from home to attend school on a daily basis because: the ir homes are geographically isolated; and they do not have reasonable daily access to a government school with the appropriate le vel of primary, secondary or special schooling. Click here to find out more.
Textbook and Resource Allowance
Department of Education, Training and the Arts provides assistance to parents/caregivers of secondary school age students attending state and approved non-state schools to contribute towards the cost of textbooks and learning resources. Registered home education students in years 8 - 12 are also eligible. Click here to find out more.
Websites You May Find Useful
BETA - The Beginning and Establishing Teachers' Association strives to assist in maximising the effective induction of beginning and establishing teachers as professional educators in schools.
BIRRR (Better Internet for Rural, Regional & Remote Australia) - Here you will find information about the frequently confusing topic of broadband services in rural Australia. BRRR has created this ‘one-stop shop’ for relevant information and links related to the topic.
Country Call Back - People experiencing personal, social, financial and emotional difficulties as a result of prolonged drought and/or rural hardship are able to access this 24hr Country Callback service. 1800 54 33 54. Country Callback has been set up by UnitingCare Community who also run the Lifeline Crisis Line 13 11 14.
Cyberbullying - This cybersafety brochure provides you with a quick guide to the information and resources available to support safe on-line behaviour. ICPA Qld Inc. has been involved in the production of this brochure on cyberbullying.
Department of Education and Training - This department's purpose is to engage Queenslanders in life-long education and training to enrich their lives.
DSAQ - The Mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland Inc. is to support, advocate for and empower Queensland children and adults with Down syndrome so they can be valued and contributing members of the community, as is their right.
Home Education Association - The HEA is an incorporated association that supports and provides services for Australian home educators. The HEA is run by a committee of home educators that voluntarily come together to provide direction for the association.
P & Cs Qld - P&Cs Qld is the peak parent body which represents the interests of state school parents and citizens associations throughout Queensland. It has a history of more than 60 years and a membership of almost 1300 P&C associations.
QSA - The Queensland Studies Authority is a statutory body of the Queensland Government. They provide Preparatory Year to Year 12 syllabuses, assessment, reporting, testing, accreditation and certification services for Queensland schools
QTAC - The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre's role is to provide and operate a centralised tertiary application system and to publish comprehensive information for prospective applicants. QTAC also processes applications for full-time advanced diploma and diploma courses in Queensland institutes of TAFE and some private providers of post secondary courses.
QAGTC - Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children Inc. is an open association for people who share a common interest in gifted and talented children.
RREAP - The Rural and Remote Education Access Program (RREAP) helps schools and school communities improve the educational outcomes and opportunities of students who are disadvantaged because of their geographical isolation so that their learning outcomes match those of other students.
SDE Whole Schools website -- This website is now up and running and well worth saving to your favourites. It provides a centralised location for resources, news, and links for parents and home tutors of distance education students.
VISE - Volunteers for Isolated Students' Education is an organisation that provides educational assistance to families and students in rural Australia.