Before we wind down for the year we are still busy and I wanted to give you an update on a few events and campaigns.
I am thrilled to invite you to our third and last event in The Parenthood series with Business Chicks and Thrive by Five: discussing the still vexed return to work after a baby. Amy Thunig, Emma Walsh and Mariam Veiszadeh know first-hand how tricky this transition remains for too many parents as they have lived it. But they also know it can be better and are united in their desire to change things. The event is free and you can find all the details below.
I'm probably not on the Prime Minister's Christmas card list but he's on mine! I joined thousands of others in writing to Scott Morrison to ask him to #RaiseTheRateForGood. It's the Christmas gift millions of Australian would benefit from.
And speaking of benefits Australians need I was troubled to discover that single parents in Australia are increasingly unable to afford early learning and care, as shown in the latest Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia data.
In other news, our friends at AIFS are running a Families in Australia Survey.
There is more below on each of these stories.
Enjoy your week.
Business Chicks x The Parenthood event series
In the third and last part of our event series this Friday we will be discussing the challenges of returning to work after having a child. Our guests, Mariam Veiszadeh, Amy Thunig and Emma Walsh know – first-hand – how tricky this transition remains for too many parents as they have lived it. They will explore how parents and organisations can better manage the challenge of juggling work and family life, why affordable, high-quality early education and care could be a game-changer for Australia and their tips for returning to work.
Join our guests and presenters Olivia Ruello, CEO at Business Chicks, and Georgie Dent, Executive Director at The Parenthood.
TIME: 12 PM to 1 PM
Join the Raise the Rate for Good campaign
The Parenthood is proud to support the Raise the Rate for Good campaign. The goal of the campaign is to fix the social security safety net for good so that it keeps people out of poverty, with an income of $500 per week.
Join the campaign and send a virtual holiday card with a personal message to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg or Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston, telling them why we need a permanent and adequate increase to income support. In crises such as this one, it is critical that we act with compassion. Now is the time to show solidarity.
Take part in a survey by the Australian Institute of Family Studies
The Towards COVID Normal survey wants to understand how ordinary Australians have been adjusting to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. To take the survey, all you need is to be 18 years old or over and a resident of Australia. The survey is organised and conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies and they are interested in every person in every type of family because families come in all shapes and sizes.
New HILDA survey reveals single parents increasingly priced out of ECEC in Australia
Latest data from the Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey shows single parents in Australia are increasingly unable to afford early learning and care, narrowing options for children and women who predominantly head single-parent households.
It is unacceptable that the rising cost of early learning and care is pricing out single-parent households from early learning and care, impeding so many children from reaching their full potential and preventing women from being able to develop financial security.