Workforce Australia Committee continues examination of ParentsNext
The hearing follows two days of meetings with stakeholders in regional New South Wales and regional Victoria to explore current employment services and alternative programs and to gain insights from parents, employers and providers outside the major cities.
Committee Chair, Julian Hill MP said, “During this inquiry, we have heard that while many parents have benefited from ParentsNext, these benefits can be overshadowed by the harms created by the punitive nature of the current program. We want to hear from everyone.”
The committee will make recommendations relating to ParentsNext by the end of February 2023, as part of its larger inquiry into Workforce Australia Employment Services.
Information about the inquiry, including terms of reference, future public hearings, published submissions and hearing transcripts, is available on the inquiry website.
Public hearing details
Time 8.30am – 11.45am AEDT (Melbourne Time)Location Balmoral Room, Stamford Plaza, 111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne Witnesses Brave Foundation National Employment Services Association Jobs Australia Department of Employment and Workplace Relations Department of Social Services Services Australia
An audio broadcast of the hearing will be available via the Watch, Read, Listen website.