Joint Media Release with Minister For Jobs And Innovation Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
The Coalition Government’s ParentsNext programme is helping parents with young children to move into work once their children are at school.
In the 2017–18 Budget we announced that we would, from July 2018, expand the successful ParentsNext programme to help more parents experience the benefits of having a job.
The Government has announced the 57 organisations that have been chosen to deliver the expanded programme, two of these are in the Northern Territory.
Bamara Pty Ltd will be delivering the ParentsNext programme in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs with Northern Joblink Limited providing services in Darwin and Palmerston.
ParentsNext providers will deliver early intervention assistance such as identifying education and employment goals, developing a pathway to achieve them and links to activities and services in the local community.
Participants meet regularly with their ParentsNext provider, develop a tailored Participation Plan and complete activities to help prepare them for employment.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said it was fantastic that Territory families would benefit from the expanded programme.
“I am thrilled that the programme is being expanded nationally. It will help Northern Territory parents to get ready for employment and be able to put their best foot forward.”
“This programme really helps parents with the skills and assistance they need to get into to the workforce, leading to better outcomes for their families.”
With approximately 96 per cent of participants expected to be women, including about 10,000 Indigenous women, the programme will complement other Government initiatives to increase female participation in the workforce.
Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash, said ParentsNext will help about 68,000 parents every year who have young children and are at risk of long-term welfare dependency.
“The best form of welfare is a job but for many parents, particularly women, caring for young children means long periods out of the paid workforce and it can be hard to get back into it.
“The successful ParentsNext providers are experienced in delivering services that meet the needs of parents,” said Minister Cash.
The programme has been successfully operating in 10 locations across Australia since April 2016 and the Government is investing $263 million in its expansion.
For more information visit: www.jobs.gov.au/parents-next