Helping parents prepare for work

Media Release
  • Minister for Employment
  • Minister for Women
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
  • Senator for Western Australia

The Coalition Government today announced a new initiative to assist parents with young children in preparing for future employment.

The ParentsNext programme will assist those trying to join or re-enter the workforce to receive practical assistance to help them into gainful employment.

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash announced the organisations set to deliver ParentsNext projects in 10 Local Government Areas across Australia.

“ParentsNext will assist parents with young children prepare for future employment by enabling them to be in a better position to enter the workforce by the time their children start school,” Minister Cash said.

“Providers will work with parents of young children to identify their education and employment goals and help them access support services such as TAFE, secondary schools, training providers and employment services.”

Minister Cash said the programme is designed to target parents at risk of long-term unemployment and welfare dependency.

“The task of raising children and ensuring they get a good start in life is in itself an important job and combining this with getting ready for employment can be a challenge.” Minister Cash said.

“Simple but important measures will be provided to suit the client’s needs, such as providing advice on potential employment avenues, referrals to community organisations that support parents, recommending relevant training opportunities or even assistance with preparing a resume.”

The programme has received $40 million in funding from the Commonwealth Government and is expected to assist approximately 24,000 parents each year.

In January this year, the Department of Employment called for organisations to apply to deliver the programme. After an assessment of applications, the following organisations were successful:                                   

State/Local Government Area

ParentsNext Provider

New South Wales – Bankstown               

Mission Australia

PEOPLEPLUS Enterprises Pty Ltd

Settlement Services International Ltd

Wesley Community Services Ltd

New South Wales - Wyong   

MAX Solutions Pty Ltd

Olympus Solutions Ltd

Wesley Community Services Ltd

New South Wales- Shellharbour

Catholic Family Welfare Services

Mission Australia

Victoria - Greater Shepparton

CatholicCare Sandhurst

CVGT Australia Ltd

Victoria - Hume

Brotherhood of St Laurence

CVGT Australia Ltd


The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Victoria) trading as Lentara UnitingCare

Queensland- Logan   

Brisbane South Division Ltd

Jobs Queensland Ltd

Mission Australia

The Maxima Group Inc

The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Q.) represented by Wesley Mission Brisbane

Workways Australia Ltd


Queensland- Rockhampton   

IMPACT Community Services Inc


Roseberry Community Services Ltd

South Australia - Playford


PEOPLEPLUS Enterprises Pty Ltd


Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide Inc

Western Australia – Kwinana           

South Metropolitan Youth Link Inc

Tasmania – Burnie

WISE Employment Ltd

Project providers will commence delivering ParentsNext from 4 April 2016.

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