Single parents with dependent children — eight out of ten of them women — were far more likely than others to lose work at the height of the pandemic and are far more likely to still be out of work now.
Even before COVID, many were in financial distress.
Single parents’ paid hours fell more than 30% in the depths of the crisis in April.
By December, even though there were no significant restrictions in place anywhere in Australia, paid hours for single parents remained 10% lower than they had been a year earlier.
This was at a time when the hours worked by couple parents had recovered quickly, and was higher than a year earlier.
- ^ ineligible (cdn.theconversation.com)
- ^ 13% (melbourneinstitute.unimelb.edu.au)
- ^ skipped buying (melbourneinstitute.unimelb.edu.au)
- ^ The bad bits of ParentsNext just came back (theconversation.com)
- ^ Welfare to Work program (povertyandinequality.acoss.org.au)
- ^ Gillard government (povertyandinequality.acoss.org.au)
- ^ ParentsNext (theconversation.com)
- ^ participation plans (www.abc.net.au)
- ^ not continue in its current form (www.aph.gov.au)
- ^ $24.7 million (www.dese.gov.au)
- ^ COVID-19 is a disaster for mothers' employment. And no, working from home is not the solution (theconversation.com)
- ^ intergenerational disadvantage (about.unimelb.edu.au)
- ^ Significantly (grattan.edu.au)
- ^ childcare (grattan.edu.au)
- ^ series of options (grattan.edu.au)
Authors: Tom Crowley, Associate, Grattan Institute