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Cashless debit card trial evaluation: final evaluation report

Posted on: 23 October, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 4, October 2017 – December 2017
Related to Remote Rural Alcohol use Illicit drug use Social issues South Australia Western Australia

Australian Department of Social Services (2017)
Cashless debit card trial evaluation: final evaluation report
: Australian Department of Social Services

This report presents the finding of an independent evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card Trial (CDCT) in Ceduna region of South Australia, and the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The CDCT aims to reduce the levels of harm associated with alcohol consumption, illicit drug use, and gambling. The trial has been led by the Department of Social Services (DSS) with support from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Department of Human Services. The trial was developed in close consultation with local community leaders, local and state government agencies and other Australian Government agencies.

ORIMA Research was commissioned by the DSS to independently evaluate the trial in both locations.

Despite some positive findings in the final evaluation report, there are still deep concerns about the CDCT. A different perspective on the CDCT can be found in the article Cashless welfare cards: controlling spending to what end?

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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