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Single Parent Research

Seeking Australian single parents

University of Queensland in collaboration with the Welfare Rights Centre Queensland
Study open period: 24 August 2013 - 20 September 2013

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Seeking Australian single parents

that lost their Parenting Payment Single to Newstart

The University of Queensland's School of Social Science, in collaboration with the Queensland Welfare Rights Centre (QWRC), is currently investigating the impact on single parents of losing eligibility for 'Parenting Payment Single' (PPS), since the 1st January, 2013 because their youngest child is over the age of eight (8) years old.(Grandfathered recipients).

The QWRC intends to use the final research report as a tool to lobby government for future changes to social security policy, with the specific aim of improving outcomes for single parents.

The impact and success of the research depends upon achieving a high response rate to the survey.

The survey is completely anonymous and we expressly request that you do not share any information that could identify you personally. The survey link will be live from the 20/08/13 to the 20/09/13. It is possible that these dates may be extended depending upon the response rate to the survey. We expect the survey to take around 15 -20 minutes to complete.

How to participate...

1. "Like" or "Tweet" this page here

2. Access the online survey by clicking here.

3. You're done!

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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.

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