Families and Children

Due to recent government changes, responsibility for early childhood and child care will move to the Department of Education. Information about early childhood and child care is currently still available on the DSS website, however will be transferred to the Department of Education website shortly.

The Department of Social Services helps to support families and children through programs and services and benefits and payments. Further support is provided through grants and funding for organisations providing services for families. There’s help for household budgets, 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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