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News and Updates

Featured - Home, Homepage, News

What a launch!

It has taken significant resources of all kinds to undertake, analysis and launch this national survey of single mothers - the second we have delivered and the largest in Australia. 1168 single mothers invested their time to complete the survey, share their stories...

Bloom, Featured - Home, Homepage, News

Bloom Ballarat

Council of Single Mothers and their children is bringing their FREE careers, work and wellbeing guidance program to Ballarat. Enjoy one on one online sessions with an industry professional with lived experience of single motherhood Identify your skills and...

Centrelink

Centrelink and government payments

This is an overview of Centrelink payments to help single mothers start navigating the system. Services Australia through Centrelink, is responsible for administering income support and emergency payments on behalf of the Australian government. Income support...

Housing, News, Uncategorized

Housing: it’s a human right

When the construction industry talks about housing, it's usually in terms of supply chains and materials; when the media talk about housing, it's normally about house prices and interest rates. Yet, for the single mother and her children escaping family violence,...

Advocacy, News

Your political briefing: April 2023

Parliament may not be sitting at the moment, but the political machine is still cranking away - with several legislative changes on the agenda. Here's a brief rundown on what's happening in Canberra and how together we're presenting a loud voice to Parliament....

Advocacy, Child Support

Fix Child Support

Several reviews and reports have not improved our child support system.What is the evidence for this statement? In the public child support system $1.6 billion of agreements are unpaid. We don't know how many agreements may also be unpaid in the private collection...

Child Support

Our National Child Support Disgrace

Australia consistently ranks as one of the world’s wealthiest nations in the world yet, despite this, thousands of our children are living in poverty or disadvantaged circumstances due in part to a poorly designed and ineffective child support system. Currently,...

Uncategorised

Balancing work and study

Finding paid work The Federal government wants to see all single mothers working. We do not support any degree of compulsion and understand why many mothers, single and partnered, choose to invest their time in caring for their babies, children and teenagers over...

Advocacy, News

Budget Night 2023

It's the one night of the year where people who normally have very little interest in figures outside their family budgets suddenly have income and expenditure tables front of mind: Yes, next week it's Federal Budget Night 2023. And this year, it's of particular...

Advocacy, Centrelink, News

Children hiding their hunger

Shiv* tells her children she had a big lunch and is too full for dinner; Roberta* says that she ate while she was cooking dinner; Issy* tells her children she's going to have her dinner when they go to bed. There's many excuses single mothers give their kids for...

My Single Mother Story

Sienna’s story

I hope my story can offer hope to other single mums who feel left behind. I used to love working. Before my daughter was born I worked as an administrative officer in a city accounting firm, a job I enjoyed and which provided me with a comfortable income. But that...

My Single Mother Story

Carol’s story

For several years, lawyers and the Family Court were very present in my life. I became a single mother over ten years ago when my house was raided by the police and my husband (now ex) went to jail for convictions relating to child abuse material offences. I had no...

Domestic violence, Housing, News

New rental laws welcome pets!

New laws in Victoria will make it easier for renters to have a pet. For the most vulnerable people in our community, a pet is more than a lovable hobby. Many women parenting alone look to their dog for protection and security. This is especially important if they...

Advocacy, News

A Voice for Aboriginal single mothers

No matter what their individual circumstances, all single mothers want one thing: the freedom and support to be the mothers they want to be and to provide their children with the best start in life. Yet, the experience of single mothers is often one of being told...

Advocacy, News, ParentsNext

Pushing for change

There are a number of issues that CSMC is always working on. ParentsNext, a fair deal for people on JobSeeker and in Workforce Australia Employment Services (the old JobActive), and the growing rate of poverty among single mothers and their children are three of...

Advocacy, News, ParentsNext

Movement on ParentsNext

As soon as the Labor Government took office, single mums began contacting us to ask if anything will change around ParentsNext, and we started nudging the government. What we discovered was that the providers who are paid to run ParentsNext have been telling...

Advocacy, CSMC

100 Days of the New Federal Government: where single mothers stand

It is generally said that the first 100 days of a new government is a good indication of its priorities and how the government intends to interact with stakeholders. The first 100 days of this new federal government is particularly important for single mother activists, because we are in the unique position of having a Prime Minister who has the lived experience of growing up in a single mother family. So, where do single mothers stand after the first 100 days of the new government?

CSMC

The Great Ticketing Debate

When Margaret wrote a post in CSMC’s Facebook group, Single Mothers Stronger Together, she thought she was sharing some happy news about an issue that had been annoying her for some time. What happened next was an outpouring of support from single mothers who were...

Advocacy, CSMC

Workforce Australia – what is this all about?

With a grand title like ‘Workforce Australia’ you could be forgiven for thinking the government is taking on a major new approach to jobs, pay, and training. Sadly, that is not the case. Workforce Australia is the new version of JobActive and started 4 July 2022....

My Single Mother Story

Julie’s Story

When I was going through the Family Court, I didn’t just tap into my inner-lawyer, I ended up changing careers and becoming an actual lawyer.  Law was actually something I’d being thinking of before then. I initially considered it whilst doing my Arts Degree at...

My Single Mother Story

Shirley’s story

Probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life was to leave my husband with four children in tow. This was early 1981 and there were few supports for single mothers apart from family. As it was, both my parents had died when I was young and my two...

My Single Mother Story

Fanny’s story

By Kacey Sinclair, La Trobe University On 22 January 1856, an extraordinary event in Australia’s history occurred. It is not part of our collective national identity, nor has it been mythologised over the decades through song, dance, or poetry. It doesn’t even have...

My Single Mother Story

Kakul’s story

I got divorced in 2019 and it was such a terrible time. My life was shaken up completely and I didn’t know that I could be so strong. I came to Melbourne 10 years ago from India, with my husband who I had just married. There were some challenges. I missed my family...

My Single Mother Story

Skye’s story 

CONTENT WARNING: This story contains details of sexual assault. I was born In Tamworth and my family moved to Newcastle when I was four. My dad was a financial director and my mum stayed home to raise the kids. I know from photos and stories that I had a good...

My Single Mother Story

Martha’s story

As a social worker, I speak with females experiencing different kinds of abuse all the time, but I never saw the signs in my own life... until an experience at work made me realise that was me too.  I was married when I was 20 years old, was pregnant at 22, and...