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ParentsNext - Ashfield Sydney East Metro

Employment, Education & Training

ParentsNext is for parents who have a child aged 9 months to 6 years of age, have not had paid work in the last 6 months, and have been getting the Parenting Payment for the past 2 - 4 Years. ParentsNext helps parents of young children to prepare to return to work or training once their youngest child goes to school. We help parents to set their education- and employment-related goals, and develop a pathway to achieving their goals while also helping them link with services and activities in their local community.

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ParentsNext aims to help you develop:

  • Confidence to apply for and sustain long term employment
  • Confidence to complete education and employment courses
  • Improved financial awareness and budgeting
  • Supportive and meaningful relationships with family and friends
  • Improved quality of life through accessing clinical mental health and counselling services
  • Confidence to independently access services, activities and community opportunities
  • Improved strategies to find work life balance.

Eligibility criteria

You may need to take part in ParentsNext if all of these apply:

you have a child aged 9 months to 6 years
you are under 55
you’ve been getting Parenting Payment and haven’t worked in the last 6 months.
One of the following must also apply:

you’re under 22 and haven’t completed Year 12 or equivalent
you’re 22 or over and haven’t completed Year 12 or equivalent, and have been getting income support for at least 2 years
you’re 22 or over and have been getting income support for more than 4 years.

If you don’t have to take part in ParentsNext, you can still choose to volunteer if you’re getting Parenting Payment and have a child under 6.

Referral process

Through DHS (Centrelink) or self-referrals for voluntary participants

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