ParentsNext providers work with parents to help them set education and employment goals, develop a pathway to achieve their goals and link them to services and activities in the local community.
ParentsNext has been operating in 10 locations since April 2016. On 2 July 2018, ParentsNext started operating in all non-remote areas of Australia.
ParentsNext encourages Cally to keep volunteering
ParentsNext flexible approach encouraged Cally to continue her volunteer work. At the same time, Cally is exploring future education opportunities with her ParentsNext provider.
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ParentsNext is available in two streams – an Intensive Stream and a Targeted Stream.
The Intensive Stream operates in the existing 10 locations and 20 new locations with a high proportion of Parenting Payment recipients who are Indigenous.
The 30 Intensive Stream locations are:
Sydney - Central
Port Augusta & Whyalla
Perth - South
Perth – East
The Targeted Stream will operate in remaining non-remote regions.
What services will be available?
ParentsNext participants get help to:
- identify education and employment goals
- develop a pathway to achieve their goals
- combine preparing for work with parenting responsibilities
- access activities and services in the local community.
Participants in the Intensive Stream may be able to access a range of other support including a participation fund, wage subsidies and relocation assistance.
Who is eligible?
Parents may have to participate in ParentsNext if they have:
- received Parenting Payment for the last six months
- not had employment earnings during this period, and
- a child aged under six years.
Centrelink will contact parents who need to participate in ParentsNext and connect them to a local provider.
Parents who receive Parenting Payment and have a child under six years can volunteer for ParentsNext if they live in an Intensive Stream location.
Current ParentsNext participants will receive information soon about how the changes will affect them.
Want further information?
- Read the ParentsNext fact sheet
- Read the factsheet on ParentsNext services available from 1 July 2018
- Call the National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260 (free call from land lines).
- Find a ParentsNext provider
- Parents entitled to child care assistance can refer to the Assistance with child care fees page on the Department of Human Services website.