Families and Children

The Department of Social Services helps to support families and children through programs and services as well as benefits and payments. Further support is provided through grants and funding for organisations providing services for families. There’s help for household budgets (Family Tax Benefit), new parents (Paid Parental Leave and Dad and Partner Pay), young people leaving formal care (through Transition to Independent Living Allowance from 1 January 2014) and more.

The Department also helps to support Australians' mental health.

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In the period preceding an election, the Australian Government assumes a caretaker role.
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The Australian Government is trialling a free text messaging service in for parents and carers in Ipswich, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.
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