Separated parents and their children in 14 regional communities will be assisted through a new educational program opening next year, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced today.
A selection process for community organisations to run the first 14 services will commence on 4 August 2007.
Attorney-General Philip Ruddock saidThe program, known as Post Separation Cooperative Parenting, will help separated parents to focus on the needs of their children through group work and individual support, this aims to help separated parents in conflict to work cooperatively as parents to their children.
Fourteen communities across regional Australia will be the first to have access to targeted education and individual support through this new program. A total of 28 communities will receive the program over the next two years.
This will form part of the same selection process announced by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock and Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Mal Brough on a range of new family relationship services.
The first 14 Post Separation Cooperative Parenting services are scheduled to open in October 2008 in the following locations:
Bathurst-Orange, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wyong
Caboolture, Hervey Bay, Toowoomba
Albany, Kalgoorlie, and Mount Gambier
A further 14 services are scheduled to open in 2009 in the regional areas of: Bega, Nowra, Wagga Wagga, Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura, Morwell, Ipswich, MacKay, Geraldton, Berri, Port Augusta, Devonport, and Alice Springs. There will be a second selection process for these services, next year.
This is one of two initiatives funded under $36.9 million announced in the Budget to assist separated families in regional Australia.