Federal Politics

Child poverty in Australia is on the increase. It needs to stop. – Single Mum, Parents Article

Cuts in family and sole parent payments have been shown to significantly increased poverty among children in Australia. After 80,000 sole parents were transferred to Newstart Allowance in 2013, reducing payments for a sole parent with school-age children by at least $60 a week, the rate of poverty among unemployed sole parents increased from 35 per cent in 2013 to 59 per cent two years later. Since 2006, the cumulative effects of changes mean that single parents still on Parenting…

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Flexible childcare – Council of Single Mothers and their Children – Single Mum, Parents Article

As a single parent working full time as a shift worker, flexible childcare is a necessity. Seeking affordable and accessible child care has been a seven month challenge for me and neither Centrelink nor the Shire Councils in my area have offered any assistance. You can imagine how this search with no help adds to the stress single parents experience. During the months I have tried to find child care, it seems that many Family Day Carers have closed. This…

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Gender super gap hits single mums the hardest – Single Mum, Parents Article

By Helen Said   There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for hardworking single mums. Many older women face poverty and homelessness in old age. The superannuation system is failing us. After spending years at home taking my younger child to early intervention, I separated and returned to a casualised workforce with outdated work skills and Centrelink breathing down my neck. I am now 61 years old, I have been parenting solo for the last 12…

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Fix Child Support – Council of Single Mothers and their Children – Single Mum, Parents Article

Several reviews and reports have not improved our child support system.What is the evidence for this statement? In the public child support system $1.6 billion of agreements are unpaid. We don’t know how many agreements may also be unpaid in the private collection system. Among this unpaid fortune representing thousands of families, we know many primary care parents feel cheated and left to manage their growing children’s needs alone and supposed to pay parents feel burdened. The best interests of…

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Collecting and sharing migrant single mother’s stories – Single Mum, Parents Article

  Recently, a friend said she considers me a double parent because I take on a double job of parenting. It’s an odd phrase but from my experience as a migrant mum with a limited support network and a child fully in my care, a ‘double parent’ seems quite appropriate. I am now finishing my studies with an internship at the Council of Single Mothers and their Children and they are interested in single mothers from diverse backgrounds. I find…

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Single mothers deserve so much more than the financial struggles they’re facing – Single Mum, Parents Article

Our recent survey of 1100 single mothers in Australia found just over half are earning less than $40,000 a year, including 19% with income below than $20,000. Almost half of the 25% of respondents reported working full time said they had difficulties meeting  general living costs.   Here we share more on the financial realities facing single mothers, in line with Anti-Poverty Week.  Earlier this week, ACOSS released their Poverty in Australia 2018 Report, with data indicating once again that sole parent…

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