Welcome to the IPF

Welcome to the website of the Australian Parents Council's Indigenous Parent Factor (IPF) program.

The IPF is unique in that it reaches out to Indigenous parents with the aim to positively influence home learning and consequently improve Indigenous children’s chances of a successful start to the early years of schooling. It is based on key principles, including: parents are the first and continuing educatiors of their children; the first few years of a child’s development are crucial in setting the foundation for life long learning; and all young Indigenous people have the capacity to learn.

The program was designed in collaboration with Indigenous communities, elders and educators to foster the partnership between home & school in support of Indigenous children’s successful learning & literacy development, successful entry into school learning and participation in school life. Indigenous elders and educators continue to be closely involved in monitoring, evaluating and shaping the program.

APC has been working with Indigenous communities throughout Australia since 2004. IPF workshops have been held in the Torres Strait, the Tiwi Islands and all states and territories in rural, remote and metropolitan settings.

On Friday 11 November 2011 the Parents & Friends Federation of WA was presented with an award as a semi-finalist in the 2011 Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award. The award recognised the work the Federation has been doing with Indigenous communities, which has included delivering IPF workshops in Karratha and Kalgoorlie. Pictured below receiving the award at the WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards night are Narelle Hansen (IPF Area Coordinator for the south of WA), Shelley Hill (Executive Officer of the P&F Federation of WA) and Jenni Curtis (IPF Area Coordinator for the north of WA).