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Grants for mums re-entering the workforce

By Jazz - 6 February 2008 37

ABC Online have this article this morning on a new initiative to help out mums returning to the workforce after caring for children. The scheme launched by minister for women (is there a minister for men?) will give up to $1000 to 200 women per year to help out with the cost associated with returning to work after an absence.

I wonder if the criteria excludes men returning to work after caring for children. Personally i think those out of the workforce are better off looking for part time work or skills development through websites like rather than relying on government handouts.

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Grants for mums re-entering the workforce
sepi 2:37 pm 06 Feb 08

Mr Evil your attitudes to female workers is exactly why women need assistance to get back into the paid workforce.

Perhaps these women’s husbands should do some of the dropping off and picking up of their children.

emd 2:07 pm 06 Feb 08

neanderthalis… maybe the less efficient housewives need to be offered a voluntary redundancy package as part of these efficiency savings? 🙂

emd 2:05 pm 06 Feb 08

This grant is for a small number of women who have an income that doesn’t have wiggle room to pay for retraining to return to the workforce. After a long break from paid work, they most likely need some study on their CV to convince employers to give them a go, or to update their skills.

I think these women are worth investing in, certainly the small amount that is being offered by the ACT Government. Looking after small children is much harder work than people realise if they haven’t done the job for a while themselves.

neanderthalsis 1:58 pm 06 Feb 08

Miz, the unpaid stuff would go away if we could get the housewives to work more efficiently…

Thumper 1:22 pm 06 Feb 08

Fair call, paid work 😉

miz 1:19 pm 06 Feb 08

Erm, shouldn’t this be called ‘return to PAID work . . .’? The unpaid stuff doesn’t just go away.

mlm 12:56 pm 06 Feb 08

Alternatively, a number of economic issues have been raised by an ageing population in the future. So those having & raising children are doing so to some wider public benefit such as broadening the future tax base.

To this end, maybe non-breeders are just kicking in their fair share of the costs borne for this benefit.

Not sure if this is 100% correct.. but a perspective worth considering anyway.

Thumper 12:18 pm 06 Feb 08

So, let me get this straight.

Woman has child, therefore is now able to apply for $1000 to go back to work

What was she doing before she had the child?

What about woman who don’t want to have a child and want more training? Can they simply ask the government for some money?

Don’t get me wrong, i think that it is a good idea, but this fawning over women with children by both the previous federal Liberal government, and now the ACT government seems a bit discriminatory to me.

Afterall, having a child is a lifestyle choice. You don’t have to have one.

Opening it up to all and having grants based on merit would be fairer.

Mr Evil 12:16 pm 06 Feb 08

Can I have a grant from the ACT Govt for the extra workload I have had to pickup for a couple of women at work who are full-time employees but are always 15-30 mins late for work (because they have to take their little darlings to kindy/school), take long lunch breaks (to spend quality time with their little darlings) and leave work 15-30 mins early (to run pick their little darlings up from school)?

sepi 12:06 pm 06 Feb 08

Such a grant is not relly needed for men as there is only a very dsmall number of men staying at home and caring for children, and thus there is not an assumption on the part of employers that male job applicants will not be suitable as they will have to take lots of time off to care for sick kids.

emd 12:02 pm 06 Feb 08

It could help with the staff shortages that are hitting Canberra now.

It’s not for all women – it’s targeted at low income earners who are looking to return to the workforce after a significant break, with their children starting school. They still have to find a course to develop their skills, but the small handout on offer will help pay the course fees, for example.

NEIS is great for those wanting to start a business, but self-employment also requires a serious time commitment that many women don’t want when they’re returning to work.

I wonder if they’ll expand the program if it works well with these initial small numbers?

neanderthalsis 12:01 pm 06 Feb 08

The federal Governments welfare reforms under the previous governemnt included changes to the Parenting Payments (both PP single and PP Partnered) whereby when your youngest kidlet reached shcool age, six, you change payments from PPS or PPP on to newstart and therefore must go and actively seek work or undergo training. As a consequence we started to see all the yummy mummies (and the not so yummy ones) appearing behind checkouts at the local woolies instead of them luxuriating at home watching Dr Phil on the Plasma TV they bought with the baby bonus.

The ACT is now playing catchup after most of the other states have introduced programs to assist women in making the transition.

Mr Evil 10:35 am 06 Feb 08

These women should all stay at home, so their husbands can have a hot dinner waiting for them when they get home from the Pub at 10pm!

Selfish bloody cows! 🙂

Gungahlin Al 9:58 am 06 Feb 08

Parents (either sex) and job seekers in general can get help to re-enter work as self-employed via the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme. Surprised the abovementioned website doesn’t mention it.

[shameless program promotion /off]

S4anta 9:50 am 06 Feb 08

I would like to see this pilot program expanded from the outset. targetting 200, presumably single mums (area of need – correct me if i am wrong) isnt really going to change that much. Add a zero to the grant allocation and i think that this program ought reap enough benefits for it to be sustainable well into the future.

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