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!
You'll find us on... founder Barbara Bryan interviewed about Centrelink third party verification on Nine News
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 the Spousal Support article

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal support after separation - should you be getting it?...
Read this article
Go to the child name change article

Changing Your Child's Name

How do I change my child's last name to mine?...
Read this article
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

Go to our exclusive single parent travel blog...
Go to our Single Parent Travel Blog
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...

Centrelink welfare card

17 July 2018 | Cashless welfare card's effectiveness unclear, auditor general says
The government will push ahead with the expansion of its cashless welfare card trials, despite the auditor general finding it was unclear whether the program was actually reducing social harm Go to the news website...

Centrelink third party verification news

08 May 2018 | Nine News - Welfare witch-hunt - Centrelink third party verification forms and referees founder Barbara Bryan interviewed to discuss Centrelink third party verification referee issues for this TV feature. Go to the news video...

Single parent news

14 April 2018 | - We need to support our single parent families much more
JANE Bowen pays two-thirds of her income on rent, and barely has enough left to feed her kids healthy food. She is far from the only one struggling. Go to the news website...

Centrelink news

12 April 2018 | Sydney Morning Herald - Could you survive on $450 a fortnight?
It isn't enough that those on the receiving end of government assistance are made to watch as the nation defines them as "dole-bludgers" 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.