A major expansion of the Turnbull Government’s successful ParentsNext program will help hundreds of Hasluck parents with young families move into work once their children are at school.
Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash, said 57 organisations had been chosen to deliver the expanded program across Australia, including Communicare in Hasluck.
“The best form of welfare is a job but for many parents, particularly women, caring for young children means long periods out of the paid workforce and it can be hard to get back into it,” said Minister Cash.
“The successful ParentsNext providers are experienced in delivering services that meet the needs of families, especially Aboriginal families, in their communities.”
Member for Hasluck and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said the ParentsNext program is delivered through a Targeted Stream and an Intensive Stream, for particularly disadvantaged parents.
“Hasluck is one of 30 locations nationwide earmarked for the Intensive Stream, to provide additional opportunities for local First Nations parents and the parents of families under significant financial pressure,” Minister Wyatt.
“That means around 460 participants in Hasluck will receive intensive personal support, with a strong employment focus. This will be extremely positive for families and local communities across Perth’s eastern and northern regions.”
Intensive Stream participants will have access to a range of supports including a participation fund, wage subsidies, mentoring and relocation assistance.
“This will be in addition to the goal-setting, referral and information services available to Targeted Stream parents,” said Minister Wyatt.
“In Hasluck, Communicare will deliver early intervention assistance, starting with a participation plan to help parents develop practical pathways into work.”
With approximately 96 per cent of participants expected to be women, including a significant proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, the program will complement other Government initiatives to increase female workforce participation.
“ParentsNext will help hundreds of Hasluck parents who have young children and are at risk of long-term welfare dependency,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Instead, this program will enable them to put their best foot forward and to step out of what is often a challenging cycle of unemployment.”
ParentsNext has been successfully operating in 10 locations across Australia since April 2016 and the Government is investing $263 million in its expansion.
For more information visit: www.jobs.gov.au/parents-next. A complete list of successful ParentsNext 2018-2021 organisations is attached.