ParentsNext is an Australian Government initiative to help parents prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age.

Together with Metro Assist, SSI delivers ParentsNext in the Bankstown local government area.

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Becoming a parent often means more time is spent in caring for children and less time in the paid workforce.

ParentsNext staff work with parents to identify goals and develop skills so that they can enter the workforce.

How ParentsNext can help

Our professionals will help to:

  • identify education, training and employment goals
  • choose activities to help reach those goals
  • identify barriers to achieving goals
  • create a Participation Plan to set out goals and activities
  • meet any participation requirements

Depending on participants needs, they can also:

  • make connections to education, training and employment services
  • provide training to boost job readiness
  • invite participants to talks by employers about jobs in the local area
  • make links with local services to address personal, parenting, child care or family needs
  • organise groups to meet other parents taking part in ParentsNext
  • assess job readiness using tools such as Work Star and the Job Seeker Classification Instrument
  • in some cases, pay for small expenses to enable completion of activities

ParentsNext works with two groups of parents – those who are referred to us by the Department of Human Services as a ‘compulsory participant’, and those who are ‘voluntary participants’. All participants must live in the Bankstown local government area.

Staff are based in Bankstown and Condell Park and both sites are accessible by public transport.

To find out more, please contact ParentsNext at:

Settlement Services International - Bankstown
(02) 8713 9200
Metro Assist - Condell Park
(02) 9790 1766
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