South West ParentsNext providers helping parents secure work

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Turnbull Government’s ParentsNext program 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 program to help more parents experience the benefits of having a job.

The Liberal-led Government has announced the organisations that have been chosen to deliver the expanded program.

“ParentsNext will be delivered in the South West by South Metropolitan Youth Link,” Mrs Marino said.

“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.”

With approximately 96 per cent of participants expected to be women, including about 10,000 Indigenous women, the program will complement other Government initiatives to increase female participation in the workforce.

Mrs Marino said it was fantastic that South West families would benefit from the expanded program.

“This will help South West parents to get ready for employment,” Mrs Marino said.

“This program really helps parents with the skills and assistance they need to get into to the workforce, leading to better outcomes for their families.”

The program has been successfully operating in 10 locations across Australia since April 2016 and the Government is investing $263 million in its expansion.

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