Submission to ParentsNext: examination of Social Security (parenting payment participation requirements – class of persons) Instrument 2021



Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) welcome the opportunity to provide a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights on ParentsNext: examination of Social Security (Parenting payment participation requirements – class of persons) Instrument 2021 (the measure).

While DV Vic and DVRCV understand the importance of addressing barriers to further education and employment, we have serious concerns about the human rights implications of the measure on victim-survivors of family violence. These concerns include impacts of non-compliance on an adequate standard of living; lack of flexibility of the ParentsNext program in practice; ineffectiveness in addressing barriers to education and employment; and ineffectiveness of compulsory participation. These concerns align with the key points elaborated on in the submission by the Council of Single Mothers and their Children (CSMC), whose submission DV Vic and DVRCV endorse.

Read the full submission here.