Thank you for visiting this website. In the period preceding an election, the Australian Government assumes a caretaker role.

The Department of Social Services hosts this website and the department will manage it in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions.

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 families with the cost of raising children (Family Tax Benefit), new parents (Paid Parental Leave and Dad and Partner Pay), young people leaving formal care (through Transition to Independent Living Allowance) and more programs and services.

The Department also helps to support Australians' mental health.

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