Grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren

29 October 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-092-6

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 56KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 13KB)
List of Recommendations (PDF 74KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 126KB)

Terms of Reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Key concepts
Statistical incidence of grandparents raising grandchildren in Australia
Growth in kinship care
Reasons for grandparent provided care
Table 1.1 – Reasons for raising grandchildren
National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Recognising the role and contribution of grandparents raising grandchildren (PDF 97KB)

Role and contribution of grandparents raising grandchildren
How to better recognise grandparents raising grandchildren

Chapter 3 - Financial challenges and supports (PDF 213KB)

Financial circumstances of grandparents raising grandchildren
Table 3.1–Average gross household weekly income
Financial challenges in raising grandchildren
Commonwealth, state and territory financial assistance
Table 3.2–Family Tax Benefit Part A–Maximum rates
Table 3.3–Maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part B
Table 3.4–State and territory fortnightly carer payments
Access to government financial assistance
Improved financial assistance for grandparents raising grandchildren
Table 3.5–Estimated average costs of a single child per week, by age of child and family income, December 2013
Table 3.6–Age Pension
Jurisdictional issues

Chapter 4 - Non-financial challenges and supports (PDF 167KB)

Support and service needs of grandparents raising grandchildren
Commonwealth, state and territory non-financial assistance
Funding for community service providers

Chapter 5 - Other challenges encountered by grandparents raising grandchildren (PDF 129KB)

Health and well-being of grandparents raising grandchildren
Physical, emotional and financial abuse
Health and well-being of the grandchildren
Grandparents' familial relationships

Chapter 6 - Barriers in acquiring legal recognition (PDF 128KB)

Financial constraints
Lack of knowledge regarding legal rights and the legal system
Unwillingness to exacerbate family tensions by initiating legal proceedings

Chapter 7 - Specific needs of particular groups (PDF 94KB)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grandparents raising grandchildren

Chapter 8 - Conclusion (PDF 51KB)

Recommendations to the Australian Government
Recommendations for consideration by states and territories

Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the Committee (PDF 37KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 22KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515