Participants and providers of the ParentsNext program will appear before the Select Committee on Workforce Australia Employment Services in upcoming public hearings. They will be joined by advocacy bodies and human rights organisations discussing the program’s impacts on Tuesday 6 December in Melbourne and Wednesday 7 December 2022 in Sydney.
The Committee will also visit ParentsNext sites in and around those cities to gain further insights from participants and to hear directly from frontline staff.
Committee Chair, Mr Julian Hill MP, said “No-one is better placed to speak to the benefits and harms of ParentsNext than the parents and carers who have lived experience of this controversial program. The Committee is looking forward to hearing from them directly, as well as from frontline service providers who best know the challenges and issues in implementing the program on the ground.”
Submissions on ParentsNext can be made via the Committee’s website. The Committee has undertaken to make recommendations relating to ParentsNext by the end of February 2023.