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Relationships Australia Welcomes Investment in Families

Relationships Australia today welcomed the announcement by Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services, of a pilot project to provide increased relationship support for couples and families.

 

Relationships Australia today welcomed the announcement by Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services, of a pilot project to provide increased relationship support for couples and families.

The proposed voucher scheme will see the Australian Government offer 100,000 couples a $200 subsidy for marriage and relationship education and counselling, including skills and support with parenting education, conflict resolution and financial management education.

Relationships Australia believes strongly in the short and long term benefits of relationships education and counselling and has many years’ experience in delivering these services around Australia.

In today’s announcement, Minister Andrews expressed his commitment to strengthening Australian relationships, including couples who are married, intending to marry or who are in a committed relationship, and includes defacto and same-sex couples.

The Government is aiming to help couples achieve a greater degree of happiness and stability and thereby a better environment for their children. Research consistently shows that an environment with low levels of conflict is healthier for children.

Chair of Relationships Australia’s National Board, Mat Rowell, welcomed the announcement saying, “Relationships Australia is supportive of the Government’s commitment to early intervention for couples.”

“Evidence shows there are positive results for couples and families when they have been equipped with the skills to manage difficult times as well as the benefits of help seeking behaviour during difficult periods in relationships. “ Mr Rowell said.

The trial will run initially for 12 months, from 1 July 2014, and will be evaluated. The scheme will be capped at 100,000 couples and will cost $20 million over its life.

Relationships Australia today welcomed the announcement by Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services, of a pilot project to provide increased relationship support for couples and families.The proposed voucher scheme will see the Australian Government offer 100,000 couples a $200 subsidy for marriage and relationship education and counselling, including skills and support with parenting education, conflict resolution and financial management education.Relationships Australia believes strongly in the short and long term benefits of relationships education and counselling and has many years’ experience in delivering these services around Australia.

In today’s announcement, Minister Andrews expressed his commitment to strengthening Australian relationships, including couples who are married, intending to marry or who are in a committed relationship, and includes defacto and same-sex couples.The Government is aiming to help couples achieve a greater degree of happiness and stability and thereby a better environment for their children.

Research consistently shows that an environment with low levels of conflict is healthier for children.Chair of Relationships Australia’s National Board, Mat Rowell, welcomed the announcement saying, “Relationships Australia is supportive of the Government’s commitment to early intervention for couples.”“Evidence shows there are positive results for couples and families when they have been equipped with the skills to manage difficult times as well as the benefits of help seeking behaviour during difficult periods in relationships. “ Mr Rowell said.The trial will run initially for 12 months, from 1 July 2014, and will be evaluated. The scheme will be capped at 100,000 couples and will cost $20 million over its life.

 

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