Are you a parent of a child aged between 6 months and 5 years of age? ParentsNext can assist you to be ready to re-enter the workforce as your child reaches school age, increasing your independence and having a positive impact on the quality of your family life.

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.

You can access ParentsNext if:

  • Your youngest child is between six months and five years of age; and
  • You are in receipt of Parenting Payment; and
  • You reside in an eligible Local Government Area.

We can meet with you in person or over the phone – whatever is convenient for you. Once we get to know you, we’ll work together on a Participant Plan that caters for your specific needs. This may include things like:

  • Accessing relevant activities and services to improve your personal situation and work-readiness
  • Using interpreters
  • Increasing your literacy and numeracy skills
  • Referring you to education to help you complete Year 12 or gain a Certificate III or higher qualification
  • Other activities, including voluntary work.

How can you access ParentsNext?

  • Centrelink can refer you if you’re eligible
  • Eligible parents in the Local Government Areas can also register by contacting your local ParentsNext office.

Mission Australia offers the ParentsNext program in these Local Government Areas:

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