A support service for parents with children under 6, to help you with your study and work goals. It’s available in 10 local government areas.

About ParentsNext

ParentsNext helps parents with children under 6, to plan and prepare for future study or work. It’s important to think about your study and work goals for when your children are at school.

If you’re eligible, we’ll connect you with a ParentsNext Project 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

Taking part

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, 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.

Voluntary participation

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 one of the above local government areas
  • have a child younger than 6,  and
  • haven’t told us about earnings in the past 6 months

To speak to a ParentsNext Project provider, search from the Find a Provider page on Department of Jobs and Small Business website, or call us on the Families line.

If you don’t take part

Your Parenting Payment 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

More information

Read about ParentsNext on the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

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Page last updated: 3 April 2018