The Federal Government's Stronger Relationships subsidy trial endeavoured to allow up to 100,000 eligible Australian couples to apply for a $200 relationship education voucher has been scrapped, 5 months short of its expected trial end date. Whilst the program was significantly undersubscribed (with ~10,000 couples registered), the program was deemed to be a tremendous preventative initiative for engaged and married couples. The demise of the scheme and the evaluation before the trial end date is very disappointing and an apparent end to a key pillar in Kevin Andrews longer term vision to bolster preventative measures designed to reduce Australia's significant reliance on frontline social services.
Whilst the program was plagued with issues resulting in challenges in taking up the offer, it is understood that momentum has grown and that there are a significant number of couples scheduled to undertake education and counselling over the coming months.
We understand that many PREPARE/ENRICH facilitators are associated with or are approved Stronger Relationships service providers. Whilst the information provided by Scott Morrison's department is far from comprehensive, what is certain is that many organisations and agencies taking place in the trial will be impacted. It is understood by the media release that the government will honour the $200 subsidy until June 30 2015 for couples who have registered prior to 9 February 2015.
#PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.
For more information on PREPARE/ENRICH or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: www.prepare-enrich.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049 #prepareenrich