About the program
If you are eligible for this assistance, you will need to go to interviews every 6 months while your child is 6 months to 6 years old.
We will work with you to find activities that will help you in improving your education and accessing local services that can help you care for your children and meet your parenting responsibilities. These activities will take into account your needs and circumstances, as well as those of your child.
If you are 19 years of age or under, receive Parenting Payment, and live in one of 10 selected Local Government Areas, we will write to you when your child turns 6 months old and ask you to meet with us, in order to see how you are doing and whether there is any extra assistance we can offer.
When your child turns 1, we will meet with you again to help you develop a plan that will let you work toward achieving your year 12 certificate or a Certificate II equivalent qualification. The study activities included in your plan will be flexible and will be included only after talking about the options that best suit your circumstances and family needs.
We will also give you information about local services that can help you care for your children and other local services that can help you meet your parenting responsibilities.
By linking you with this support and helping you improve your education, we hope to empower you so that you can build and develop valuable life skills. This will mean that when you are ready and your child is older, you will have a better chance of getting a job that suits you and your interests.
Selected Local Government Areas
The 10 selected Local Government Areas are:
- Bankstown, Shellharbour, and Wyong (NSW)
- Logan and Rockhampton (Qld)
- Greater Shepparton and Hume (Vic)
- Playford (SA)
- Burnie (Tas)
- Kwinana (WA)
Supporting you and your children
We realise that being a young parent can be really hard. We can help you create a positive future for yourself and your children.
We want to make sure that you and your children have many opportunities and that you get the support you need in order to finish school or study, through flexible options that best suit your circumstances.
We understand that it is important that your children be cared for while you focus on your study so we will help you access support services, such as child care, if needed. We may also be able to provide you with help to pay for child care.
You will also learn about local community support and services available to help you as a young parent.
Love.Learn.Grow - the Helping Young Parents online community
Love.Learn.Grow is an online community. This is a place where you will be able to talk with other young parents about your experiences and theirs. You will also find information that will help you while participating in the Helping Young Parents program.
Love.Learn.Grow also gives you the chance to talk to the people who developed the Helping Young Parents program. You can visit Love.Learn.Grow now.
Participating in the program
We will work with you to identify a learning path that will help you achieve a Year 12 Certificate or a Certificate II equivalent.
This may include accessing local high schools or TAFEs. In some circumstances, distance or online learning courses might be a better choice. No matter what path you decide to take, we will be there to support you in figuring out how to improve your future employment options through education.
We will also work with you to identify other support services and early childhood learning options you and your child can access.
What you need to do
While you are eligible for the extra assistance available through this program, you will need to go to interviews, develop a Participation Plan and participate in the activities you agree to.
If, without a good reason and talking to us first, you do not do these things, your payment may be stopped until you go to your missed interview or start participating again.
Who this program is for
For now, the extra assistance available under this program is limited to people who meet the eligibility criteria and live in one of the 10 selected Local Government Areas.
In the future, the program may be available everywhere, but for now only people who are asked to participate are able to receive the extra assistance.
If you move, get your qualification, or work part time
If you move to a different area, your plan may need to be adjusted, but you will still be eligible to receive the extra assistance available under this program.
Once you get your Year 12 Certificate or Certificate II equivalent qualification, you can choose to volunteer for the program and continue getting the extra assistance.
If you work part time, you can still access the extra assistance available through this program.