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Parents with exemptions to receive special income supplement: Joint media release.

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Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

Hon Peter Dutton MP

Minister for Workforce Participation

08 November, 2005

Joint Media Release

Parents With Exemptions To Receive Special Income Supplement

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Kevin Andrews and the Minister for Workforce Participation, Peter Dutton announced today automatic participation exemptions for principal carers who are

registered and active foster carers and those providing home schooling or facilitating distance education.

In granting an automatic exemption to these parents, the Howard Government is recognizing the special

contribution they are making in their community.

Sole parents in these categories will also receive a higher rate of Newstart Allowance/Youth Allowance payment, that

tops up their income support payment to the equivalent of the Parenting Payment Single rate. This supplement

recognises that these parents are not in a position to undertake paid work.

Exemptions will be reviewable at least every 52 weeks and parents will still be required to register with an

employment service. If they wish to voluntarily seek work while exempt, they will be able to access the same

assistance and employment services as other parents.

"The exemptions and supplement are in recognition of the fact that these single parents are choosing to perform

ongoing and significantly valued tasks over and above those normally involved in parenting and caring", the

Ministers said.

For further information contact:

Russ Street 0417 044 712

Brad Emery

0414 225 638