EXTRACT of an article by Debra Cerasa.
ParentsNext has been the subject of much public debate including a Senate inquiry. The pre-employment program aims to assist eligible new parents to be job ready through setting education and employment goals. It has been criticised for being too rigid, not applying exemptions in appropriate cases (for instance in cases where family violence is evident or a challenging pregnancy) and unfairly triggering a suspension in parenting payments for participants.
The many stories across media agencies have unearthed less-than-ideal practices, clear systemic limitations and a breadth of complexity in the guidelines. While legitimate concerns, these issues do not take away from the fundamental benefits of providing new parents with support to become “job ready” when they are ready to return to work. Our members, being not-for-profit employment service providers, have cited ParentsNext participants attributing greater personal confidence through the support provided, being able to plan their future and execute those plans with tangible upskilling and education enhancements, resulting in a more employable parent. [continues …]
SOURCE: Cerasa, Debra. “ParentsNext: Balance is key to future of pre-employment program.” Sydney Morning Herald, 12 May 2019
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