Parliament: Final ParentsNext Hearing by Workforce Australia Committee

The Select Committee on Workforce Australia Employment Services will conduct its final public hearing relating to ParentsNext on 1 February 2023 in Perth. The Committee will hear from policy and advocacy bodies, service providers, and Western Australia Government agencies.

The hearing follows two days of meetings with stakeholders in Perth and regional WA. The Committee will explore current service models and gain insights from employers, local business, and members of First Nations communities.

Committee Chair, Mr Julian Hill MP, said ‘As the Committee finalises the first major component of its inquiry, it is important that we hear about the services and supports available at the state level, and the challenges of service delivery in a state as large and geographically isolated as WA. The involvement of stakeholders in all sectors, and in all states and territories, will be critical to ensuring that pre-employment services meet the needs of our community’.

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 8.15am – 11.45am (Perth Time)

Location Duxton Room 1, Duxton Hotel, 1 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Witnesses Western Australian Council of Social Service

Anglicare WA

Women’s Health and Family Services

atWork Australia

Training Alliance Group

WA Department of Training and Workforce Development

WA Department of Communities

Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, WA Department of Health

An audio broadcast of the hearing will be available via the Watch, Read, Listen website.

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