Training Places for Single and Teenage Parents

As part of the 2014/15 Federal Budget in May 2014, the Government announced that the National Partnership Agreement on Training Places for Single and Teenage parents will formally close on 31 December 2014. No referrals under the National Partnership should be made after 1 July 2014.

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Training Places for Single and Teenage Parents

Training places for Single and Teenage Parents is an Australian Government 2011-12 Budget measure under the Building Australia’s Future Workforce package.

The Commonwealth Government, in conjunction with the States and Territories, is providing training places for Single and Teenage parents at the concessional rate as determined by each state and territory, where parents are eligible for concessions. The training aims to improve skill sets and job prospects to support parents who may be affected by new participation requirements or impending payment changes. Further information about Changes to Parenting Payment from 1 January 2013 can be found on the Parents and Carers page.

The training will assist single and teenage parents on Parenting Payment to access vocational training at the Certificate II level and above.


If you are

  • a Parenting Payment Single (PPS) or Parenting Payment Partnered (PPP) recipient currently participating in the Government’s Helping Young Parents measure (in the 10 trial locations – see below), or
  • a Grandfathered PPS recipient who will be transitioned onto Newstart Allowance from 1 January 2013 once your youngest child turns 12 or 13 years old?

You are eligible to access training under this measure if you meet the course entry requirements.

There are a further two groups who are eligible for training if places are available and it does not displace those parents who are guaranteed training. They are

  • PPS recipients with existing participation requirements as outlined in the Social Security Act 1991, and
  • Recipients of PPS and Parenting Payment Partnered who are under 20 years of age.

Job Services Australia (JSA) providers, Disability Employment Services (DES) providers and the Department of Human Services (DHS) are responsible for determining eligibility and making referrals for training places.

Helping Young Parents initiative

The Helping Young Parents initiative is another measure announced as part of the Building Australia’s Future Workforce package. This initiative provides new services, opportunities and responsibilities to boost the educational attainment, child wellbeing and functioning of families with young children in select locations. Teenage parents in the trial are supported to undertake education or training leading to the attainment of a Year 12 or equivalent qualification; and to participate in activities that focus on the health and early childhood development of their children. The trial commenced on 1 January 2012 in ten identified Local Government Areas and will continue until 30 June 2015.

There are 10 areas that have been identified in this initiative. Teenage parents in these areas are guaranteed training. The locations are

  • Bankstown, Shellharbour and Wyong (NSW)
  • Logan and Rockhampton (Qld)
  • Greater Shepparton and Hume (Vic)
  • Playford (SA)
  • Burnie (Tas), and
  • Kwinana (WA).

Further information about the Helping Young Parents measure can be found on the Centrelink website.

How to access Training

You may be referred to training through your Employment Services provider (Job Services Australia or Disability Employment Services provider) or Centrelink. If you think you are eligible to access this training and would like to know more, you should contact your Employment Services provider or ask at your nearest Centrelink Customer Service Centre.