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ParentsNext helps eligible parents to plan and prepare for employment by the time their children go to school. It operates in 10 locations, but will be expanded to all non-remote areas of Australia from 1 July 2018.

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.

From 1 July 2018, ParentsNext will be available in all non-remote areas of Australia. The Australian Government has announced the organisations that will deliver ParentsNext from July 2018

ParentsNext will be delivered in two streams – an Intensive Stream and a Targeted Stream.

The Intensive Stream will operate 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:

The Targeted Stream will operate in remaining non-remote regions.

What services will be available?

ParentsNext participants will 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 will be 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.

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