ParentsNext

A support service for parents with children under 6 who get Parenting Payment. It will help you with your study and work goals.

ParentsNext rolled out nationally on 1 July 2018. Read more about new requirements if you get Parenting Payment.

What you need to know

ParentsNext helps parents with children under 6, to plan and prepare for future study or employment.

If you’re eligible, we’ll connect you with a ParentsNext provider who’ll:

  • 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

You don’t have to look for work right now. However, it’s important to think about your study and work goals for when your children are school aged.

If you need to take part in ParentsNext, you’ll also have to report fortnightly. This is to confirm you’re meeting your requirements to get Parenting Payment. We’ll tell you which day you need to report.

ParentsNext has 2 streams:

  • Intensive Stream, and
  • Targeted Stream

Your stream depends on where you live. Each stream has different eligibility criteria. But parents in both streams get help to set and achieve their study and employment goals.

Read about the stream that’s rolling out in your area on the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

Who needs to take part

You may have to take part in ParentsNext if you meet all of these conditions. You:

  • get Parenting Payment and have for more than 6 months in a row
  • haven’t earned any income in the past 6 months
  • have a youngest child under 6
  • live in a Targeted or Intensive Stream location, and
  • aren’t taking part in Disability Employment Services, Australian Disability Enterprises or jobactive stream C servicing

You won’t need to take part if you live in a remote area serviced by the Community Development Programme. Read more about the Community Development Programme on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

We’ll let you know if you have to take part and we’ll connect you with a local ParentsNext provider.

What happens if you don’t take part

Your payments may stop if you don’t take part in ParentsNext when you should and don’t have a valid reason. This can include:

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

Similar to job seekers with mutual obligation requirements, you can get demerits and penalties if you don't take part.

How to volunteer

You can access ParentsNext as a voluntary participant if you:

  • get Parenting Payment
  • don’t have to take part but would like help with study or work goals
  • live in an Intensive Stream location, and
  • have a child younger than 6

To speak to a ParentsNext provider, you can find a provider on the JobSearch website . You can also call us on the Families line for more information.

What other help is available

You can get more information about ParentsNext on the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

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Page last updated: 16 July 2018