ICPA Qld Inc. is represented on the Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce. This group is tasked with providing advice to the Education Minister regarding the overhaul of the OP system in Queensland. The aim is to move to a senior assessment and tertiary entrance system more in line with the other states. The new system is set to be implemented in 2018 for year 11 students. Items for consideration have been external and school based assessment and what percentage should make up each, the number of assessments per year and ensuring that the flexibility of VET is maintained. ICPA’s focus is to ensure that any new system takes into account the needs of all rural and remote students, wherever their location.
The Department of Education has implemented a Rural Kindergarten Pilot Program in a bid to improve the kindergarten attendance in rural and remote areas. The pilot will offer 13 schools in rural and remote areas the chance to provide kindergarten in their school from Term 2, 2016. So far 9 schools have volunteered to participate. This is a breakthrough in Queensland as legislation does not allow for the state Education Department to provide kindergarten. The model will be loosely based on the eKindy cluster model some communities have adopted over the last few years. ICPA Qld is the only non-departmental stakeholder offered a place on the Remote Kindergarten Pilot Working Group. The role of the group is to ensure that the pilot and any future program is as beneficial to all sectors as it can be, including the schools, the staff and the students.
Living Away From Home Allowance Scheme (LAFHAS)
At the 2015 ICPA Queensland State Conference, Education Minister Kate Jones announced a
5% increase (above CPI) to the Living Away From Home Assistance Scheme (LAFHAS). This was the second rise for 2015, with the previous LNP Minister announcing a rise of 10.2% in January last year. From 2016 eligible secondary students will now receive a minimum of $5200 per year off tuition fees. State Council will be continuing the longstanding lobby of raising the LAFHAS to the education sub index as a long term solution to keep pace with rising costs.
The LAFHAS is the State tuition subsidy paid to all eligible students who must board away from home to access their education. More information here.
ASSSISTANCE WITH BOARDING FEES FOR STUDENTS IN DROUGHT DECLARED AREAS
ICPA Qld has been lobbying for an education subsidy package within the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) for a per student payment for families in drought declared areas to assist with boarding school fees. State Council lodged a submission to the Review of the DRAS in August 2015 last year and will attend a public hearing in March 2016. ICPA Qld also provided a submission to the Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce seeking increased assistance to boarding school fees.
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