Like in all other countries, the Australian government also does its part in helping single mothers provide for their children through grants and benefits. Because the statistics regarding single motherhood continues to rise, more and more grants from various agencies are put up to help alleviate poverty and be able to provide for a better life. There are many grants, benefits and loans to choose from, however, single mothers have grants especially designed for them which are usually low in interest and have lenient time stretch to prevent putting more financial pressure on the part of the mother.
There are housing grants ready to be availed by single mothers living in Victoria. Public housing provides shelter and security for people who have been homeless for some time. Upon application, the grant may be awarded depending on the applicant’s case. Other applicants may be given the priority even before previously applied applicants who are in dire need. A single mother can apply for this grant as an individual or as a family. To be considered for this grant, the applicant must not own or partly own a house, a unit or a flat, has no debt or whatsoever in other public housing tenancy or bond loan and Australian citizenship and permanent residency status must be evident. Although this grant does not entitle the applicant to choose to live in the suburbs, there are three waiting list areas the applicant would like to live in. If the applicant, however, requires medical attention in a specific hospital, the applicant may request for a place near the said hospital.
Single mothers who wish to pursue their schooling to improve their skills may now do so without having to sacrifice the provisions for their dependents. Educational grants, nowadays, are given to more and more single mothers. These types of grant aim to improve the chances of the applicant’s chances of getting hired by quality employers and offices.
The ABSTUDY, Austudy and Youth Allowance provide financial support while the single mom goes back to studying. These grants are not only for single mothers but also for full-time and part-time students. These grants even continue during semester breaks and in between courses. An additional support from the Youth Disability Supplement also provides additional support for people with mental, physical and psychiatric disability.
Payments for child care costs may also be applied for by single mothers. This benefit helps the mother with daycare expenses and before and after school care. This grant is given to single mothers who are undergoing studies while having to take care of their children. The Child Care Rebate may also be added to this benefit to increase the support.
Grants for single mothers in Australia are now awarded more liberally nowadays. Single mothers can rest easy knowing that the government does its part in trying to help them provide for their families.
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