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The objectives of this program are to ensure that families with children (including sole parent families) have adequate levels of income, receive fair levels of assistance toward the cost of raising their children and are able to overcome the barriers to workforce participation that arise in part from the presence of children.
Further information about payments for families with children is available from the Centrelink web site, http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/individuals/pg_payments.htm
Jobs, Education and Training (JET)
The Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Program recognises there are a number of major barriers that may affect the ability of some recipients of Parenting Payment (and some other customer groups) to join the paid workforce.
More information about JET is avilable from the Centrelink web site, http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/services/jet.htm
Child Support Scheme
The Child Support Scheme aims to improve financial support for children of separated parents by ensuring that both parents contribute to the support of their children according to their capacity to pay. It also aims to ensure that neither parent is discouraged from participating in the workforce and to reduce social security outlays.
More information about the Child Support Scheme is available from the Centrelink web site, http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/payments/child_supp_scheme.htm