Income management



Implementation and performance of the Cashless Debit Card trial — follow-on

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Department of Social Services' administration of the Cashless Debit Card program, including implementation of the recommendations made in an earlier audit.

Evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card in Ceduna, East Kimberley and the Goldfields Region: consolidated report

This evaluation provides evidence about the outcomes of the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) in the first three trial areas in which it was rolled out. The purpose of this evaluation was to create a new, integrated evidence base and use it to assess the impact...
Working paper

Measuring the social impact of income management in the Northern Territory: an updated analysis

The findings outlined in this working paper strongly suggest that income management has failed to achieve any systematic community level improvements in outcomes for the Indigenous population of the Northern Territory.

Submission to the senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management and Cashless Welfare) Bill 2019

The Western Australian Council of Social Service's submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management and Cashless Welfare) Bill 2019.

The implementation and performance of the Cashless Debit Card trial

The objective of the audit was to assess the Department of Social Services’ implementation and evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card trial.
Briefing paper

Cashless debit card: briefing note February 2018

ACOSS has produced this briefing note on the cashless debit card trials, and why they should not be extended.
Working paper

The cashless debit card trial in the East Kimberley

This paper focuses on the Cashless Debit Card trial in the East Kimberley, Western Australia. The card aims to restrict cash and purchases to curb alcohol consumption, illegal drug use and gambling.

The Cashless Debit Card evaluation: does it really prove success?

This issues paper asks whether the the Cashless Debit Card trial is achieving its stated objectives.

Cashless debit card trial evaluation: final evaluation report

This report presents the final findings of the evaluation into the trial of a Cashless Debit Card (CDC) for income support payments (ISPs) in two remote communities.

The cashless debit card trial evaluation: a short review

Abstract The concept of a 'Healthy Welfare Card', now renamed as the Cashless Debit Card (CDC), was a recommendation of the Forrest Review into Employment and Training. It was seen as a development from income management which has been occurring in parts of Australia since...

Cashless debit card trial evaluation: Wave 1 interim evaluation report

With support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), and developed in close consultation with local community leaders, local and state government agencies and other Australian Government agencies, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is conducting a 12-month trial of a Cashless...

Evaluation of the cashless debit card trial: initial conditions report

The Australian Government is undertaking a Cashless Debit Card Trial (CDCT) to deliver and manage income support payments (ISPs), with the aim of reducing levels of community harm related to alcohol consumption, drug use and gambling.
Working paper

Income management evaluations - what do we now know? Placing the findings of the evaluation of new income management in the Northern Territory in context

‘Income management’ programs, restricting the way in which some recipients of government transfers can spend this money, have operated in Australia since 2007. The nature of the programs implemented varies considerably, including the mix of voluntary and compulsory elements, and differences in the scope and...

The effectiveness of child protection income management in Australia

The recent coroner’s inquest into the death of Chloe Valentine outlined a number of recommendations for improvement of South Australia’s child protection system to prevent any future deaths resulting from child abuse or neglect. One such recommendation related to income management as a child protection...
Working paper

A critical review of the capability approach in Australian Indigenous policy

The capability approach has recently been used in Australian Indigenous policy formation. Of particular note is how it has been used in some instances to justify current paternalistic and directive policies for Indigenous Australians. These include behavioural conditionalities on state support and income management—policy apparatuses...

Consolidated place based income management evaluation report 2012 - 2015

Place Based Income Management (PBIM) is a trial which was initiated as a part of the Better Futures, Local Solutions place-based initiatives, within the Building Australia’s Future Workforce (BAFW) package. This package is a group of initiatives which aim to assist vulnerable families and children...
Discussion paper

Effectiveness of targeting in social protection programs aimed to children: lessons for a post-2015 agenda

This paper discusses the main challenges of targeting programs aimed at increasing school enrollment, and draws some lessons for improving targeting effectiveness.

Voluntary income management in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands

This report found there are indications that income management may have made a modest contribution to addressing some of the challenges, but cannot alone make significant inroads into the social problems within the The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara community.