The Coalition Government has today announced changes to the ParentsNext program that will simplify reporting requirements for participants.
ParentsNext helps eligible parents to plan and prepare for employment by the time their children go to school by helping parents to set education and employment goals, develop a pathway to achieve their goals, and link them to services and activities in the local community.
Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, said the reforms are designed to help parents get the most benefit from the program.
“ParentsNext is an important program that is designed to help increase women’s workforce participation, reduce intergenerational welfare dependency and Close the Gap in Indigenous employment,” Minister O’Dwyer said.
The Government will progress a number of reforms in the immediate term to streamline reporting requirements for participants, including by:
- removing activity reporting requirements for those in approved full time study;
- reducing activity reporting frequency to once per fortnight;
- removing activity reporting requirements for flexible activities;
- allowing Centrelink to administer a greater range of exemptions under the program;
- encouraging providers to not schedule requirements near a participant’s Centrelink reporting day;
- developing reminder notifications for participants to ensure they do not accidentally forget a reporting date.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business will also work with the Department of Human Services to remove default fortnightly Centrelink reporting under the program and to further expand the ability of Centrelink to administer exemptions under the program.
These reforms build on and extend the existing flexibility in the program that the Government has reinforced over the past months.
“ParentsNext will continue to provide flexible, tailored support to give parents a chance to get the skills and support they need to get back into, or enter, the workforce.”
“The Department of Jobs and Small Business have commenced implementation of the simplified reporting arrangements to ensure that parents can start to receive the benefit from the changes as soon as practicable.”
“The ParentsNext program will be improved by these reforms, enabling parents to receive the support they need to build a better life for themselves and their families,” Minister O’Dwyer concluded.
For more information about ParentsNext visit: https://www.jobs.gov.au/parentsnext