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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 417. Updated Tuesday, 08 July 2014

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DSS embraces couples for trial
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Committed couples can now register online for a $200 subsidy towards the cost of relationship education and counselling services, under the Department of Social Security's Stronger Relationships trial.

Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews said the one-year trial would provide up to 100,000 couples across Australia with relationship education and counselling with a provider of their choice.

"Happy, healthy and strong relationships are vital for individual and family wellbeing, and help to strengthen communities too," Mr Andrews said.

Subsidies for counselling program

"Divorce and relationship breakdown costs the Australian economy around $3 billion every year, and has a significant and often inter-generational impact on individuals, children and communities."

Mr Andrews said relationship education and counselling could help couples cope with changes and challenges, such as moving in together, having a baby, getting married, or managing their money.

He said it also equipped couples with the skills to deal with challenges before they became big issues.

Mr Andrews said couples could also use the subsidy to access counselling to help them through any problems they may be experiencing in their relationship.

He said the one-year trial got under way on 1 July 2014 and was open to all couples, over the age of 18 years, in a committed relationship.

Mr Andrews said as there were a limited number of subsidies available, couples were encouraged to register for the trial and make a booking with a service provider as soon as possible.

For more information and to register go to this PS News link.

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