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2017

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.

Findings from the evaluation include:

  • a reduction in the consumption of alcohol and other drugs
  • a reduction in gambling
  • with the exception of driving offences and apprehensions under the Public Intoxication Act in Ceduna, crime statistics showed no improvement since the commencement of the trial
    • however, qualitative research noted that community leaders and stakeholders found an observable reduction in crime
  • there is some evidence of a reduction of harm related to alcohol and other drugs in the trial sites
  • there was no statistically significant reduction in CDCT participant and non-participant perceptions of safety
  • some trial participants who spent their money appropriately felt as though they were being penalised or discriminated against by being forced to participate in the CDCT
  • there were some issues related to complications/limitations experienced by some when using cashless debit cards.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bielefeld S (2017)

Cashless welfare cards: controlling spending patterns to what end?.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(29): 28-32

Just Reinvest NSW (2017)

Smarter sentencing and parole law reform: policy paper: key proposals #1.

Sydney: Just Reinvest NSW

Klein E, Razi E (2017)

The Cashless Debit Card trial in the East Kimberley.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This paper reviews the Australian Government's trial of the Cashless Debit Card in the East Kimberley, Western Australia.The study reviews the card in the context of current policies to manage alcohol consumption, illegal drug use and gambling. It looks at aspects of the Cashless Debit Card trial including; implementation, lack of community engagement,community resistance and effects on money management.

Abstract adapted from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

ORIMA Research (2017)

Cashless debit card trial evaluation: wave 1 interim evaluation report.

Melbourne: Australian Department of Social Services

ORIMA Research (2017)

Evaluation of the cashless debit card trial - initial conditions report.

Melbourne: Australian Department of Social Services

Smith K (2017)

The cashless debit card trial: a public health, rights-based approach to better health and social outcomes.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(29): 22-27

2016

Australian Department of Social Services (2016)

Cashless Debit Card Trial progress report.

Canberra: Australian Department of Social Services

Gately N, Ellis S, Morris R (2016)

Drug use monitoring in Australia: an expansion into the Pilbara.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Moon C (2016)

Recent Illicit Drugs Reporting System results (IDRS) for the Northern Territory.

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Sindicich N, Stafford J, Breen C (2016)

Australian trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2015: findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS).

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Stafford J, Breen C (2016)

Australian drug trends 2015: findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

2015

Coghlan S, Gannoni A, Goldsmid S, Patterson E, Willis M (2015)

Drug use monitoring in Australia: 2013–14 report on drug use among police detainees.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Richards K (2015)

Addressing the offending-related needs of non-violent Indigenous offenders.

Sydney: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse

2014

Australian Crime Commission (2014)

Illicit drug data report 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Crime Commission

Australian National Council on Drugs (2014)

Mandatory treatment: position paper.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Dolan K, Rodas A (2014)

Detection of drugs in Australian prisons: supply reduction strategies.

International Journal of Prisoner Health; 10(2): 111-117

Forrest A (2014)

The Forrest review: creating parity.

Canberra: Indigenous Jobs and Training Review

KPMG (2014)

Evaluation of the Drug Court of Victoria: final report: Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Melbourne: Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

Wallace GP (2014)

What can circle sentencing courts tell us about drug and alcohol problems affecting Aboriginal communities?.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(11): 675-677

2013

Australian Crime Commission (2013)

Illicit drug data report 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Crime Commission

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2013)

Diverting Indigenous offenders from the criminal justice system.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Cussen T, Payne J, Marks D (2013)

Policing alcohol and illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in metropolitan environments.

Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

Forsythe L (2013)

Measuring mental health in criminology research: lessons from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program.

Canberra, ACT: Australian Institute of Criminology

New South Wales Parliament General Purpose Standing Committee No 2 (2013)

Drug and alcohol treatment.

Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales

Stafford J, Burns L (2013)

Australian drug trends 2012. Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Victorian Auditor-General (2013)

Prevention and management of drug use in prisons.

Melbourne: Victorian Auditor-General's Office

2012

Australian Crime Commission (2012)

Illicit drug data report 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Crime Commission

Bray JR, Gray M, Hand K, Bradbury B, Eastman C, Katz I (2012)

Evaluating new income management in the Northern Territory: first evaluation report.

: Social Policy Research Centre Australian National University Australian Institute of Family Studies

John Scougall Consulting Services (2012)

Keeping people safe: an evaluation of the Nyoongar Patrol Outreach Service.

Perth: Australian Policy Online

Senior k, William I, Chenhall R, Cunningham T, Nagel T, Loyd R, McMahon R (2012)

Developing successful diversionary schemes for youth from remote Aboriginal communities.

Canberra: Criminology Research Advisory Council

Taussig I, Jones C (2012)

Penalties and reconviction risk among offenders convicted of drug driving.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

 
Last updated: 19 February 2018
 
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