Families and Children

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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Families and Children Features

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Nanny Pilot Programme

The draft guidelines for the Nanny Pilot Programme are now available for comment.
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Child Care Assistance Package consultation now open

You are invited to provide feedback on the Government’s new Child Care Assistance Package.
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Families and Children Latest News

Early Childhood Safety Net

The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Social Services, today announced the Early Childhood Safety Net as the second tranche of changes to the child care system.
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