ParentsNext National Expansion – Discussion Paper

ParentsNext is a pre-employment program which connects parents of young children to services in their local community to help them plan and prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age. The program aims to reduce welfare dependency and child poverty, and to increase female employment participation.

As announced in the 2017-18 Budget, the Government is investing $263 million in a National Expansion of ParentsNext from 1 July 2018. The National Expansion will be delivered in two streams.

The first stream will deliver a targeted ParentsNext to the most disadvantaged parents in all 51 Employment Regions. The second stream will deliver a more intensive ParentsNext in the existing 10 locations and a further 20 locations where there is a high proportion of Parenting Payment recipients who are Indigenous. The more intensive ParentsNext will have a stronger employment focus to help meet the employment Closing the Gap target.

The Department of Employment has released a Discussion Paper on the National Expansion of ParentsNext. The Department is seeking written submissions on the content and guiding questions on the paper. All submissions should be emailed to by 5.00pm (Canberra time) on 5 October 2017.

Download the Discussion Paper.

The Department will hold consultation sessions between late September and early October 2017, including two webinars. Details are now available about the consultation sessions and webinars or you can contact the Hotline on 1300 733 514 (Monday to Friday between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Canberra time, excluding national and ACT public holidays).

Register your interest to attend a consultation session or webinar online.

Closing: 5.00 pm (Canberra time) on 5 October 2017

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