What is ParentsNext?

ParentsNext is a government program that provides assistance to parents and carers who receive Parenting Payments to help them prepare for future stages in their lives.

As a provider of ParentsNext, Bamara are here to help you reach your goals, whether they are career-driven or family-focused.

We listen to what matters most to you and your family, and engage with all our participants in a culturally respectful and informed way.

Engagement Support Vouchers now available

We’re now offering Engagement Support vouchers when you attend a face-to-face* appointment with us. Our team will chat with you about suitable in-store gift cards to help with everyday costs, including fuel, bills, and groceries.

The Engagement Support Vouchers are limited up to $250 per participant.

Available to new participants of the ParentsNext Program who register and attend their first face-to-face appointment with Bamara.

Available to existing participants of the ParentsNext Program who attend ongoing face-to-face appointments with Bamara.

Contact us to learn about Engagement Store Vouchers and to book your appointment.

Eligibility

A person can volunteer to participate in ParentsNext if they:

  • Reside in a Bamara ParentsNext Employment Region
  • Are receiving a Parenting Payment, and
  • Have a youngest child under 6 years of age.

How we can help you

Our team of experienced Support Mentors is dedicated to providing individualised support to help you achieve your goals.

We are here to support you throughout your ParentsNext journey and ensure that you have the right information and resources every step of the way.

Your Support Mentor will help you understand your goals and find the best and most realistic way to achieve them.

Our team will then create a personalised Participation Plan to support you, give your family peace of mind, and help you access the activities and support services necessary to achieve your goals.

We can provide the support and motivation you need to:

  • Identify education, training and employment opportunities.
  • Gain a qualification for the career you want.
  • Make the most of your tailored Participation Plan to reach your goals.
  • Develop practical skills for employment and job searching (if finding work is one of your goals). 
  • Start driving lessons and get a driver licence.
  • Apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check and Working with Children Check.
  • Access work related pre-employment training and licenses such as First Aid training and white cards.

We can also help you access local activities, support services and funds for:  

  • Personal or financial counselling.
  • Domestic and family violence services.
  • Parents groups or parenting courses.
  • Study, training and work expenses such as laptops, phones, tools, internet access and workwear.
  • Courses for improving language, literacy, and numeracy skills.
  • Housing and transport needs.
  • Child care and health services. 

Why choose Bamara as your provider?

We appropriately tailor our support to align with the local culture, lifestyle, experiences, strengths and challenges. 

We have an experienced local team, who know the area, and will strive to assist you in reaching your goals, whether they are big or small.

Our team will work closely with you to understand your needs and develop a personalised plan, tailored to your interests and strengths, to help you achieve your goals.

Our Success Stories

We’ve helped people across New South Wales, Queensland, and the Northern Territory achieve their study and work goals through ParentsNext.

Read real stories that have helped positively impact our customers, their families and communities through our work.

With some local support and a helping hand from our team, Shianne was able to find her true calling and pursue a career that aligned with these values, passions, and goals.  

Kayla is thriving in her new career, positively impacting the next generation through rewarding work and inspiring her children.

Jonathan connected with our team in Taree through the ParentsNext program with the goal of becoming a qualified barber.

Meet our team

With a unique perspective as a ParentsNext participant, Rebecca now uses her talents and experiences to support people as she was first supported.  

“I am meeting so many different people from the community.”

“I feel I am able to help other young parents as I have been a part of Bamara as a participant also.”  

Find a Bamara ParentsNext service location near you

Bamara delivers ParentsNext services in communities across New South Wales, the Northern Territory, and Queensland.

Call us on 1300 012 476 if you require further assistance and to learn more.

Translation services

Translation services are available if you would like some help speaking or understanding English. Call the Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 for the cost of a local call. Ask them to call the National Customer Service Line

How to get started

Our team is ready to help you with any questions you may have. Please fill out the form below and one of our team members will be in touch with you to discuss your options.

Alternatively, you can reach out to our Customer Service team by calling 1300 012 476.