Sole parents and transition back to the workforce: catered for or not?

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Barnard, Simone (2012) Sole parents and transition back to the workforce: catered for or not? Research Master thesis, Victoria University.


This study researched the impact of changes in welfare legislation in Australia that have occurred since July 2006 relative to people receiving government financial assistance or payments via Centrelink (Harding, Vu, Percival & Beer 2005). The reasons for legislative change are broadly discussed narrowing down to the issues these changes raise for single parents and for organisations. The research gathered the views of parents with dependents including sole parents concentrating on the challenges they face and the support they require in their transition back into the workforce. Sole parents are recipients of welfare to aid them in maintaining a household with dependent children and thus are affected by Welfare-to-Work legislation and Mutual Obligations requirements. The key area investigated was whether organisations are implementing work life balance and family friendly work practices that particularly address the needs of sole parents.

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords social welfare, financial assistance, work, employment, workplace, Centrelink, single parents, Australia
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