ParentsNext

ParentsNext connects you to local support services to help you with your study and work goals. ParentsNext is available in 10 local government areas.

About ParentsNext

ParentsNext connects you to local support services to help you plan for your future. It’s important to think about your study and work goals for when your children are at school.

Who can use ParentsNext

You may have to take part in ParentsNext if you:

  • get Parenting Payment and have for more than 6 months in a row
  • haven’t told us about earnings in the past 6 months
  • haven’t got 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 these local government areas:
    • Bankstown (NSW)
    • Shellharbour (NSW)
    • Wyong (NSW)
    • Logan (Qld)
    • Rockhampton (Qld)
    • Playford (SA)
    • Burnie (Tas)
    • Shepparton (Vic)
    • Hume (Vic), or
    • Kwinana (WA)

We’ll let you know if you have to take part and connect you with a local ParentsNext Project provider. See the list of providers on the Department of Employment website.

Voluntary participation

You may access ParentsNext as a voluntary participant if you:

  • don’t have to take part but would like assistance
  • live in one of the above Local Government Areas
  • have a child younger than 6 years of age, and
  • haven’t told us about earnings in the past 6 months

Speak to a ParentsNext Project provider, from the list on the Department of Employment website, or call us on the families line.

Accessing ParentsNext

We’ll connect you with a ParentsNext Project provider who will:

  • help you set study and work goals
  • set a participation plan with you
  • meet with you regularly
  • help you access services in the local community

If you don’t take part

Your Parenting Payment may stop if you don’t take part in ParentsNext when you should, without a valid reason. This can include:

  • missing appointments
  • not signing a participation plan
  • not taking part in set activities

More information

Read about ParentsNext on the Department of Employment website.

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Page last updated: 19 April 2017