Rural and remote education is the main focus of NT ICPA, whose primary objective is to ensure equity of access to education for all students who live in the Northern Territory.

NT State Council


Sally Sullivan, Julie Richter, Alethea Nicolle, Kerrie Scott, Tiani Cook (President), Leza Cook and Sarah Measey.

Our State Council is currently responsible for 3 branches:-

  • Alice Springs
  • Katherine
  • Lone Members

Main contacts can be found at each of the branch's own homepages. If you need any more information on any of the branches, please contact our State Secretary - Alethea Nicolle - via Email :- NTSecretary@icpa.com.au

The Northern Territory State Council was formed in 1981 when the members in the NT decided to take on the convening of the Federal Conference for the 1982 year. At that time the NT had 3 branches who were working separately from one another; 2 were run in conjunction with the School of the Air P&F groups- Alice Springs & Katherine. The Barkly group operated within the people in that local area. Over time the NT has also seen branches in the Gulf region (Cape Crawford) and the Ashburton region take form when the need arose.

In 1989 the NT State Council, with Mike Stock and the Lion's Club in Tennant Creek, were instrumental in gaining support for the VISE (Volunteers for Isolated Education) Scheme, which still operates today.

During the mid-1990's the State Council saw a need for a boarding hostel for isolated students in the township of Katherine and so Callistemon House was created.

In 1986 the council saw the need for centralised advertising for Home Tutors; and from that the Home Tutor Register was born.

The NT State Council has maintained a good working relationship with the NT government over this period and through the council's work of these years, the NT Allowances have been instigated and maintained. A list of the current Allowances accessible to families who reside in the NT can be found on the Web Links page under Northern Territory.

Life Members NT

NT Life Members -- Merriel Lawrie (Katherine Branch Life Member), Royelene Hill (Katherine Branch Life Member), Pat Elliott (Federal ICPA, NT ICPA and Katherine Branch Life Member), Jan Heaslip (NT ICPA Life Member) and Kate Schubert (NT ICPA Life Member)

The NT State Council runs a Home Tutor Register which is co-ordinated by a volunteer in the ICPA organisation. Currently Linda Bowman holds this position. Linda has a vast experience of living in the outback, employing her own governesses and tutoring her own children. If you are interested in 'Job Opportunities in the Outback' as a Home Tutor, (aka Governess) or Carer (ie Nanny), .... or if you are a NT ICPA member looking for a Home Tutor or a Carer for children, please Click Here.

The NT State Council also supports its members' children through its bursaries and competitions:

  • Siba/Wellard Grants
  • Secondary Bursary
  • Back to School Competition

Information on the State Council bursaries and branch bursaries are sent to members via email and also appear in the State Council quarterly magazine - Down the Track. Like all ICPA members across Australia you will also receive a copy of the Federal publication 'Pedals' every quarter as well.

Memberships are due January 1st. Please contact your Branch Treasurer for a membership form.