What is ParentsNext?
Are you a parent or guardian of a child aged between 9 months and 6 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 supports parents and carers who receive Parenting Payment to plan and prepare for work by the time their youngest child reaches school age.
Support includes help with developing skills, training or work experience, help arranging financial support for job preparation skills, training and other work-related expenses or connecting to local support services such as counselling.
ParentsNext Helps You Develop
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.
Confidence to apply for and sustain long term employment.
Confidence to complete education and employment courses
Improved strategies to find work life balance.
Are you eligible?
You can join ParentsNext if:
Your youngest child is between 9 months and five years of age; and
You have not done paid work in the last six months.
We can meet with you in person or over the phone – whatever is convenient for you. Once we get to know you, we will work together on a Participation Plan that caters for your specific needs. This may include things like:
Accessing activities and services to improve your personal situation at one of our locations
Accessing activities and services to improve your work-readiness
Increasing your literacy and numeracy skills
Increasing your digital literacy skills
Referring you to education to help you complete Year 12
Referring you to training to help you gain a qualification
Other activities, such as voluntary work
How to Join
Centrelink can refer you if you are eligible, or
eligible parents can register by contacting your local ParentsNext office.
SMYL has 72 ParentsNext locations, covering:
Regional Western Australia: