What is ParentsNext?

ParentsNext is a program that helps eligible parents plan and prepare for employment by the time their children go to school. The program can be compulsory or voluntary and is delivered in two streams—the Intensive Stream and the Targeted Stream. CHESS Connect delivers the Intensive Stream to participants.

At CHESS Connect our focus is on providing opportunity to families by strengthening connectedness in a safe and educational environment.

How to Access/Eligibility

To be eligible for ParentsNext you must:

  • have been receiving Parenting Payment for at least the past six months
  • have a child under six years of age
  • have no reported earnings from Employment in the past six-month period

Meet one of the additional eligibility criteria:

  • be an Early School Leaver with a youngest child at least six months of age
  • have been assessed as highly disadvantaged with a youngest child at least six months of age
  • have a youngest child at least five years of age.

Why CHESS Connect?

For over 20 years CHESS Connect have been working with local people to help them become ‘work ready.’ Our extensive knowledge of community and industry allow us to connect you with the training and support you need to prepare for employment after your children start school.