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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT MINISTER FOR WOMEN MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

13 November 2017

PARENTSNEXT REQUEST FOR TENDER RELEASED

The Turnbull Government today released the Request for Tender for ParentsNext 2018-2021, inviting applications from organisations with the capacity to help parents with young children to plan and prepare for their future employment.

ParentsNext participants receive personalised assistance, including help to identify their education and employment goals and support to achieve them. It has been operating in 10 locations across Australia since April 2016.

“The Turnbull Government understands that the best form of welfare is a job. For many parents however, particularly women, caring for young children means large gaps out of the paid workforce,” Minister Cash said.

“People can gain valuable new skills and social networks through parenting, but they also risk losing work-specific skills and the confidence to enter paid employment. For parents already receiving government income support, this can increase the risk of long-term welfare dependency.”

“By providing support to assist Australian parents to return to the workforce, ParentsNext is playing an important role in supporting families, reducing welfare dependency and decreasing child poverty.”

As announced in the 2017-18 Budget, the Turnbull Government is investing $263 million to expand ParentsNext nationally from 1 July 2018. It will be expanded to all non-remote regions of Australia to help around 68,000 parents every year to plan and prepare for employment by the time their children are at school.

It is estimated that around 96 per cent of ParentsNext participants are expected to be women, including about 10,000 Indigenous women. Parents Next will also complement a range of other government initiatives designed to increase female participation in the workforce.

“When you have young children it’s important to think about your study and work goals for when your children go to school. ParentsNext is connecting young parents, particularly women, to local support services to help them plan their future,” Minister Cash said.

“I want to encourage organisations who are experienced and can demonstrate success delivering services that meet the needs of parents, especially Indigenous parents, in their local communities to take this opportunity to apply and make a difference.”

The Department of Employment will hold information sessions in most capital cities and via two webinars. Interested organisations can register their interest at www.ivvy.com.au/event/pnrft

For more information about the tender process, visit www.employment.gov.au/purchasing email espurchasing@employment.gov.au or call 1300 733 514. Applications close at 5pm AEDT on Monday 18 December 2017.

Media contacts: Office of Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash: (02) 6277 7320 Andrew Hudgson 0429 500 913 Department Media: media@employment.gov.au