CASHLESS DEBIT CARD EXTENDED FOLLOWING POSITIVE EVALUATION
Posted on Tuesday, 14 March, 2017
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he welcomes the Government announcment of the extension of the Cashless
Debit Card trial sites in Ceduna, and the East
interim independent evaluation resleased today are strong and following consultation with community leaders the
Government has decided that to abandon the trial now would be an abandonment of
the individuals and the community which have benefitted so much,” Mr Ramsey
“The indigenous community leaders, the Mayor
Allan Suter, Ministers Scullion and Tudge and I
have been in regular consultation right through the trial.
issues have arisen, they have been addressed and then support services
targetteing the transition period and services like financial councilling and
planning have and are making a significant difference to the communities.
feedback I have received has been overwhelmingly positive and I am encouraged the
results of the
independent evaluation for the
initial trial period has shown good
results with reductions in hospital admittances, crime, gambling and alcohol
“The extension of the trial will be assessed
every six months.”
Ramsey said Mayor Suter is very supportive of the card and reported since its
introduction “it is the quietest the town has been.”
is the very reason the cashless debit card was introduced with the hope of
breaking the cycle of violence as a result of alcohol and welfare
dependency by stabilising the lives of
recipients and their families and helping them into employment,” he said.
on the cashless debit card do have the opportunity to ask for an increase in
the amount of cash available by applying to the Community Panel.
ratio can be increased up to 50:50 if the person can be shown to be responsible
and not at risk of drugs, gambling and alcohol.
leaders, both indigenous and non-indigenous, have a thorough understanding of
local issues and believe the trial has helped to address the devastating
impacts of drug and alcohol misuse and problem gambling in their communities.”
trial has consisted of 3 parts – a Cashless Debit Card, comprehensive support
services to help people break their addictions, and a community leadership
group to guide the design and implementation.
report outlines some of the improvements across the two sites including: significant
drops in alcohol consumption, gambling,and illicit drugs," Mr Ramsey said.
one percent of those surveyed feel they are better able to look after their children,
retailers are reporting increased sales of white goods, clothes, food and
those types of results it would been bordering on irresponsible not to extend
the trial", he concluded
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744
March 14 2017