Get the latest single parent news & help questions...
Click here to subscribe to our newsletter!

Get all the latest Aussie single parent freebies, news and articles - subscribe to our mailing list!

* indicates required

Follow Us!
Get Breaking Single Parent News and the latest Single Mum Forum posts in your news feed everyday!

go to the Single Mum Australia Facebook Page go to Twitter

Go to media articles...

Latest Media features!
This month you'll find us in... founder Barbara Bryan interviewed on Seven Network's Weekend Sunrise Show and in these Herald Sun,, Daily Telegraph, Adelaide Now and Courier Mail articles...
See more SingleMum Media
Find single parent help...

Single parent help-links!

Need some help? Check out our help links, including Centrelink, Child Support, single parent support groups and more...
Go to Help Links...
Go to divorce articles

Divorce Articles

Up-to-the-minute Australian Family Law articles...
Go to Family Law Articles
Go to Single Parent travel articles

Single Parent Travel

Read our exclusive single parent travel blogs and articles...
Go to Single Parent Travel Articles
Go to the child support article index...

Child Support Articles

Read-up on the latest Australian child support news and articles...
Read Child Support articles here...
Go to product reviews...

Product reviews

Check out the latest toy, gadget and family product reviews...
Read product reviews here...

Divorced, Separated & Single Parent Breaking News...

Family Tax Benefit news

11 November 2015 | Labor to back selected family payment cuts
Federal Labor will back government plans to cut family payments to parents with children over 13 years old. But it will oppose family tax benefit part B cuts to grandparent carers and single-parent families. Go to the news website...

Welfare news

Centrelink news 21 October 2015 | Family payments: what will the proposed changes mean?
It will also boost family tax benefit part B for single-income families with a child under one by $1000 a year, but cut the payment to single parents with children over 13 from $2737.50 to $1000 a year. Go to the news website...

Centrelink Eftpos Card news

14 October 2015 | Senate votes in favour of cashless welfare card trials with Labor backing
The final vote – 37 in favour to 10 against – reflected the Labor opposition’s decision to support the legislation after it said it had gained assurances about the details. The government also persuaded most crossbenchers to back the plan, despite some of them expressing reservations about the adequacy of community consultation. Go to the news website...

IVF single mums by choice news

IVF single mum by choice news 26 September 2015 | Single parent families on the rise in Australia
SINGLE-parent families are now the fastest-growing family type in Australia. While the numbers of couples with children will grow by up to 40 per cent over the next 20 years, the numbers of one-parent families will soar by up to 70 per cent. Part of this growing demographic trend are single women in their late-30s who are putting their search for Mr Right on the backburner and starting families alone Go to the news website...

Centrelink Welfare news

Single mum news 23 September 2015 | Nine years of 'Welfare to Work' failed to increase single parent employment, study finds
A new analysis of the Government's 'Welfare to Work' reforms has found it failed to increase single parent employment in Australia. The study commissioned by Anglicare shows that up to 150,000 disadvantaged single parent families and their children were pushed into potential poverty as a result Go to the news website...

Centrelink Welfare news

ADHD single mum news 15 September 2015 | Living standards will decline for single parents, unemployed people in next decade, report says
A report released today by one of the country's leading economic modelling centres has warned the growth in living standards will dramatically slow over the next decade — and more worryingly, actually decline for some of the country's most disadvantaged groups. Go to the news website...

ADHD Single Mum news

ADHD single mum news 19 April 2015 | Single mums, pregnancy complications and hospitalisation during childhood linked to ADHD
BABIES born to young single mums are more likely to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to groundbreaking Australian research. And children with ADHD are 70 per cent more likely to have been hospitalised as an infant, suggesting inflammation and infection may affect their brain development Go to the news website...

Welfare news

Centrelink news 12 April 2015 | Abbott government to announce anti-vaccination parents will lose benefits
Parents who do not vaccinate their children will lose welfare payments of up to $2100 per child under a federal government policy set to be announced before the May budget Go to the news website...

Centrelink news

Centrelink news 22 March 2015 | Cashless welfare card to stop addicts using money on drugs, alcohol and gambling
A CASHLESS welfare Basics card will be once-again trialled in some states by the end of the year Go to the news website...

Centrelink news

Centrelink news 9 March 2015 | Facebook catches out single mum
A MUM who claimed she was "single" has had her solo-parenting payments revoked after she announced she was pregnant on Facebook Go to the news website...

Centrelink news

Centrelink news 4 March 2015 | 'Truly awful': Centrelink, Medicare apps slammed
The federal government's range of Medicare and Centrelink online apps are so bad they are getting claimants kicked off benefits, users have complained Go to the news website...

Divorce news

Divorce news 28 January 2015 | Crazy reasons people get divorced
DIVORCE happens for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes spouses grow apart, sometimes they simply fall out of love. Sometimes one spouse adopts 550 cats and everything goes to hell Go to the news website...

Paedophile news

Domestic Violence news 1 January 2015 | Single mums to get paedophile romance warning under new laws
VICTORIA Police will launch an unprecedented crackdown on evil child sex offenders including single mums being directly warned about starting relationships with dangerous sex offenders Go to the news website...

Domestic Violence news

Domestic Violence news 24 December 2014 | Calls for mandatory rehabilitation for offenders after rise in domestic violence attacks
Police, victims and support agencies have called for all offenders of domestic violence to be forced into rehabilitation programs after a rise in attacks across Australia Go to the news website...

Centrelink Newstart news

Child custody news 14 November 2014 | Single mothers struggling on Newstart allowance share their stories
The women, who featured in 10 Stories of Single Mothers, speak of children who hide school excursion forms because they know they can't afford to go and constant worry about the effects of poverty on their children Go to the news website...

Child custody news

Child custody news 14 November 2014 | Hague Convention provides a way to return children taken overseas by a parent
One of the most emotional and traumatic events that can occur during family breakdowns is the relocation of children to another country, isolating them from one parent Go to the news website...

Australian Family Court news

Family Court news 07 November 2014 | Caseloads leap as judges retire, forcing long wait for family court cases
Parents locked in child custody disputes and couples going through acrimonious divorces will wait up to three years to have their cases finalised as "drastic underfunding" of the Federal Circuit Court and a mass exodus of retiring judges exacerbate already long waits Go to the news website...

Domestic Violence news

DV news 02 November 2014 | Victoria - Domestic violence victims able to 'name and shame' attackers
New laws giving victims of family violence the right to name and shame their attackers come into force in Victoria today Go to the news website...

Domestic Violence news

24 October 2014 | Budget cuts hurting domestic violence victims, Senator says
Cuts to essential services in the federal budget may be forcing domestic violence victims onto the streets or into the arms of their abuser, Senator Larissa Waters says Go to the news website...

Child Support news

Family Court news 12 October 2014 | Child Support evasion
DADS who complain they are being ripped off by their ex-wives for child support are paying former public servants to prepare and lodge their appeals to pay less Go to the news website...

Family Court news

Family Court news 27 September 2014 | How Family Court cases like Wylie vs Wylie provoke fugitive parents
Over pasta and salad she said there were dark and terrible things I needed to know about the matter of Wylie v Wylie, the pseudonymous title the Family Court of Australia gave its published judgments in one of the most bitter and complex cases in its 38-year history Go to the news website...

Family Court news

Family Court news 31 July 2014 | Children should have more say in family disputes, says top judge
CHILDREN do not have enough say over what happens to them in the Family Court, the court’s chief said Go to the news website...

Child Support news

22 July 2014 | Coalition not ruling out changes to guarantee child support payments
Under new proposal child support would be paid to single parents regardless of whether the other parent contributes Go to the news website...

Schoolkids Bonus news

School Kids Bonus news 18 July 2014 | Mining tax survives after Senate rejects government plan to axe Schoolkids Bonus
...The Palmer United Party, Labor and the Greens had been pushing amendments to the repeal bill that would preserve spending funded by the tax including the Schoolkids Bonus, low income superannuation contribution and the income support bonus Go to the news website...

Single Parent careers

Single parent news 14 July 2014 | Why sole parents make great staff
There are a number of typical attributes employers look for when hiring staff but whether they are a single parent isn't usually one of them. These days there are many single parents trying to juggle bringing up children with their work commitments. But in some cases, employers view being a single parent as a negative when hiring Go to the news website...

Domestic Violence News

Budget news 27 June 2014 | Tony Abbott launching plan to stop domestic violence, forced marriages and female genital mutilation
AUTHORITIES will crack down on forced marriages, female genital mutilation and the abuse of migrant spouses under a new national plan to stop violence against women Go to the news website...

Domestic Violence News

Budget news 12 June 2014 | Refuges for women fleeing domestic violence face closure under NSW reforms
Parts of NSW with the highest domestic violence rates will be left without specialist women's refuges under a controversial government reform that advocates say will endanger the lives of women and their children Go to the news website...

2013-14 Budget News

Budget news 27 May 2014 | Single parents face sudden-death tax slug of 80%
Single parents will soon have a huge disincentive to earn more than $48,000 a year due to a design quirk in the Abbott government's cuts to family payments Go to the news website...

2013-14 Budget News

Budget news 23 May 2014 | Tony Abbott's budget hits women hardest
As a single mother relying on welfare payments to make ends meet, Beccy Walker counts herself lucky that she's not on the street, but with the latest federal budget, homelessness has become a genuine fear Go to the news website...

Divorce Court News

Divorce news 21 May 2014 | Dividing property during a divorce
One-in-three marriages in Australia end in divorce and after the children, the house is often the biggest battleground among feuding former spouses Go to the news website...

Single Parent Budget News

13 May 2014 | Single parents will be hardest hit by budget cuts to family tax benefits
Family tax benefit B payments will end when youngest child turns six under changes that aim to get primary carers back to work Go to the news website...

Mother's Day lunch ideas

11 May 2014 | Where to go on Mother's Day in Melbourne
Burnt toast in the bedsheets not quite your mum's thing? If you'd rather she spent the day in the hands of professionals, and suspect she would too, being spoilt with fine food and wine, several Good Food Guide restaurants have plans to mark the day with special celebration menus Go to the news website...

Family Court news

Divorce news 06 April 2014 | Court grants father right to vaccinate his children
A western Sydney father has won the right to vaccinate his children after a drawn-out legal battle with their mother, who is strongly opposed to immunisation. The Family Court rejected the mother's claims that the children, who will turn 14 and 12 this year, were at an increased risk of experiencing ''vaccine damage'' due in part to various allergies she believes they suffer from. Go to the news website...

Divorce news

Divorce news 01 April 2014 | Facebook, family, friends and fools - the four obstacles for divorcing couples
Given Australia's growing divorce rates, there is an alarming degree of public ignorance and misinformation about the property and asset split entitlements for separating couples Go to the news website...

Newstart news

27 March 2014 | Palmer goes in to bat for poor solo parents
FAIRFAX MP Clive Palmer has called for more equitable support for single parents saying Newstart allowances are no substitute for sole parent payments and were never designed to be. A Gillard government policy supported by the Coalition saw about 100,000 single parents pushed off the pension and on to general unemployment benefits when their youngest child turned eight years old. Go to the news website...

Domestic Violence news

Domestic Violence news 23 March 2014 | Father jailed for bashing partner granted access to daughter
A father who bashed his partner and held a samurai sword to their daughter's throat was still allowed weekly access to the child because a Family Court judge believed the terrifying domestic violence case did not constitute a ''change in the family dynamic''. Go to the news website...

Domestic Violence news

Domestic Violence news 23 March 2014 | Teen DV education program - Love Bites
The spirited debate in the clusters of small groups of 14, 15 and 16-year-old school kids who have just been shown the scenario in a DVD surges on, with some voices raised. Was the girl at fault, or the boy? Who was really to blame? Go to the news website...

Most Recent Australian Single Parent Statistics...

There were 901,637 Australian single parent families with children under 15 in 2011


or, 743,000 were single mum families, or families "headed" by mothers

Source: 2011 Census

Percentage of Australian families with children aged under 15 headed by a single mother (*2008)


The Northern Territory has the highest rate of single parent families in the country (*2008)

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008

Of the overall number of Divorces in Australia in *2009


(49,448) divorces that involved children under the age of 18yrs

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, December 2010

Page Ranking Tool

Subscribe to our Aussie single parent mailing list! (Or click on the cross to close this window)

I would like to receive...

What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

Please remember the bigger font words,because we will use it often in our website.