Last week, SkyMesh attended the ICPA (Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association) Federal Conference in Adelaide.
Over the course of two days, ICPA delegates from all over Australia discussed key issues of concern including Distance Ed, Boarding, travel, government subsidies/ grants, mental health and access to communications.
We listened to the discussions and spoke to a number of parents, Industry Representatives and ICPA delegates.
Plenty was discussed over the course of the two days. Here are the recurring themes, observations and key takeaways:
There are a few subtle differences between Sky Muster and Sky Muster Educational plans.
Since Education is handled at the State Government level in Australia, eligibility for Sky Muster Education Port services can often be ‘case to case’ and it’s difficult to obtain confirmed information online.
Additionally, other factors apply; including if the student is enrolled in a State Distance Ed Institution or Private; or if the Education Department in that state already has an agreement with a Service Provider for Distance Ed services.
To help keep this simple, here’s clarity around eligibility for Sky Muster Education Ports.
|QLD Distance Education Program||Eligible|
|NSW Distance Education Program||Generally, not eligible – NSW Ed are supplying services
NSW distance education*
|VIC Distance Education Program||Not eligible – VIC Ed supply services
VIC distance education contact*
|TAS Distance Education Program||Eligible|
|NT Distance Education Program||Generally, not eligible – NT Ed are supplying services – please contact us if unable to obtain a service
NT distance education contact*
|SA Distance Education Program||Eligible|
|WA Distance Education Program||Generally, not eligible – WA ed are supplying services where appropriate
WA distance education contact*
|Home Education||Eligible – Must be registered with State Education Department and also currently receive the AIC allowance|
Here are our current educational plans:
|Plan||Anytime data||Speed||Monthly Fee|
|NBN - SA - ONE STUDENT||50GB||12/1 Mbps||$44.95|
|NBN - SA - TWO -STUDENT||100GB||12/1 Mbps||$54.95|
|NBN - SA - THREE -STUDENT||150GB||12/1 Mbps||$74.95|
|NBN - SB - ONE -STUDENT||50GB||25/5 Mbps||$49.95|
|NBN - SB - TWO -STUDENT||100GB||25/5 Mbps||$59.95|
|NBN - SB - THREE -STUDENT||150GB||25/5 Mbps||$79.95|
If you reside in QLD, TAS, SA, or Home Education you can order via SkyMesh using your children’s student numbers when ready. If you live in a different state, please check your states policy using the above table and contact the relevant department.
As a Service Provider with a core focus on providing services to Rural, Remote & Isolated areas, we are always on hand to assist where possible.
If you are experiencing issues ordering a service, please contact us so we can submit an Education Port application on your behalf. We can then work with nbn to reach to the best possible outcome for yourself and your children.
Attending this years conference was great, we met some lovely people and it helped us refocus on what’s required in order to support regional families looking to give their children the best possible start in life.
“Sustain our Future, Invest in our Children” was the theme of this year’s ICPA Federal conference; truly a sentiment we can all stand behind.