ParentsNext connects you to support services in your local community to help you plan and prepare for future employment.


You may be eligible as a compulsory participant if you:

  • have been receiving Parenting Payment for more than 6 continuous months
  • have not declared earnings in the past 6 months
  • have not received the Pensioner Education Supplement in the past 3 months
  • have a youngest child older than 6 months and younger than 6 years of age, and
  • live in one of the following Local Government Areas:
    • Bankstown (NSW)
    • Shellharbour (NSW)
    • Wyong (NSW)
    • Logan (QLD)
    • Rockhampton (QLD)
    • Playford (SA)
    • Burnie (TAS)
    • Shepparton (VIC)
    • Hume (VIC) and
    • Kwinana (WA)

If you meet the criteria above, we will send you a message or a letter after 4 April 2016, to let you know about your appointment. At the appointment we will tell you if you are eligible for ParentsNext. If you are eligible, we will refer you to a ParentsNext Project provider in your local area.

Participating in the program

ParentsNext Project provider

Your ParentsNext Project provider will:

  • negotiate a Participation Plan with you outlining your agreed compulsory activity
  • have regular appointments with you, and
  • connect you with local services to provide support and assistance while you plan and prepare for future employment

Failure to participate

Missing appointments with your ParentsNext Project provider, not signing a Participation Plan or not participating in your compulsory activity without a valid reason may mean your Parenting Payment is suspended.

To find out how to avoid having your payment suspended, speak to your ParentsNext Project provider.

Voluntary participation

If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements for compulsory participation, you may be able to access assistance as a voluntary participant if you:

  • live in the selected Local Government Areas
  • have a child younger than 6 years of age, and
  • have had no paid employment in the last six months

Speak to a ParentsNext Project provider or you can contact us.

More information

Read more about ParentsNext on the Department of Employment website.

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Page last updated: 11 August 2016