New voluntary service for parents

The decision to make ParentsNext voluntary is an important signal that raising children is a valuable role that should be supported. It enables parents to make more decisions about how they could retain or achieve independent long-term financial security. However, this change requires an appropriate level of communication and promotion to ensure the people who need the most assistance know about it. Although participation is voluntary, all eligible parents should still be referred to a provider and / or clearly communicated the opportunities afforded to them through ParentsNext.

A new program should be empowering, lift vulnerable women and children through affirmation, and proactively address structural barriers. It should incentivise participation in a way that supports the achievement of long-term financial security.

Read our full submission to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations here.