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Single parents will continue to receive financial support until their youngest child turns 14, with the Federal Government raising the age of cut-off for Parenting Payment (Single).

Previously the payment stopped once a single parents’ youngest child turned eight. As part of the Federal Budget, the government today announced the changes, acknowledging the difficulties faced by single parents.

“Single parents carry the world on their backs,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said. “They sacrifice so much to give their children a better life.

“This is about giving them the greater security and better support they deserve. No one held back and no one left behind has always been the principle that guides me.”

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From 20th September this year (subject to legislation passing through parliament), single parents won’t have to transfer to JobSeeker when their youngest turns eight.

They will continue to receive the higher support, currently a base rate of $922.10 per fortnight, until their youngest turns 14. With the changes, eligible single parents currently on JobSeeker will get an increase to payments of $176.90 per fortnight.

“This change to single parent payments is about making things fairer for parents who are already doing it tough. I know this will make a big and immediate difference for tens of thousands of mums, dads and children right across Australia.”

The government says that the change will provide an additional 57,000 single carers extra support, and that more than 90 percent of parents who will benefit will be women.

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  • Finally something helpful. Seriously stopping it at 8 doesn’t make any sense.

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  • I remember when the limit was dropped to 8. There were a few mums I knew who really found the change difficult. Let’s at least get them to high school! Great move by the government in bringing it back to 14.

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  • Think I agree with Slkh on this. It is so very good to show young children a work ethic that they can build on later in life rather than just exist on what they are given by the government. I don’t begrudge the extra payment, but do feel the parent should be able to work part time while her/his children are at school to show their child the need to work.

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  • So so helpful and needed

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  • I thinks this is great for those who’re in need of it.

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  • This is amazing news. As a single mum myself, this will be very helpful.

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  • This doesn’t affect me in any way. Hopefully this helps those Mum’s doing it tough

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  • This doesn’t affect me but I imagine it will be most welcome for single parents.

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  • As a single parent who works full time this is heartening news.
    Child support feel that their dad doesnt need to pay me a cent, and let’s be honest, it’s not like once kids pass the age of 8 yrs they cost less! I’m also glad to hear Albanese acknowledge how damn hard single parenting is, and that single parents carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. I feel heard and seen , finally.

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  • This doesn’t directly affect me, but I think it’s a good move.

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  • This is a good step forward…!

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  • I think it good to be able to support a single parent until their youngest is 14 and in high school.

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  • More reviews across the welfare board are needed, however not sure this will quite hit the mark. As a single mum myself, I still think parents should be encouraged to further their education or work part time well before a child is 14… however society is still not set up in many areas to support school hours work and study options which is where more focus is probably needed.

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  • Hmmm im on the fence about this change, not sure how it will benefit families as the children are at school and most families should be able to return to some sort of work by then.

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  • This will be a blessing for those who need it

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  • This is great for single parents especially with the cost of living the way it is right now. I work and am finding it tough with 2 wages in our home.

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  • Interesting changes to these payments.

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  • That will take a lot of pressure and stress off single parents already doing their best. Kids are still little at 8. Given they are too young to fend for themselves, a working single parent then has the extra expense of child care/outside hours care which takes away a lot of the benefits of working in the first place.

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  • This is so needed as a mum myself – i know the cut off age at 8 was stressful thinking about how id take care of my kids and their school schedules. Thank you!

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  • Always welcoming when parents are given financial assistance in any form.
    Things are so exxy these days and costs keep rising. It’s really hard to keep up.

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