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  • The Forrest review and 'cashless welfare'

    Posted 15/08/2014 by Luke Buckmaster
    One of the more contentious elements in Andrew Forrest’s recent Indigenous Jobs and Training Review was the proposal for a for ‘cashless welfare’ system, provided through what he calls a ‘Healthy Welfare Card’. This FlagPost outlines key aspects of the proposal, highlighting where it differs from both the current income management system and Australia’s welfare arrangements in general. What is proposed? The Healthy Welfare Card would be based on the Basics C... Read more...

    TAGS: income management, welfare, indigenous Australians

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  • Extending income management in Cape York

    Posted 29/11/2013 by Luke Buckmaster
    Image: Coen (Wikimedia Commons)
    Legislation introduced into Parliament last week proposes to extend operation of income management in Cape York for a further two years until the end of 2015. This will be the third time income management has been extended in Cape York since it began in 2008. The Government argues that income management is a key element of welfare reform efforts in Cape York, which it says have 'seen improved school attendance, care and protection of children and community safety'.Cape York income managementInco... Read more...

    TAGS: employment, income management, indigenous Australians, welfare, welfare reform

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  • Asylum seekers and income management

    Posted 6/06/2013 by Luke Buckmaster
    The Shadow Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, recently proposed that certain asylum seekers living in the community should be required to work on community projects in exchange for food and accommodation vouchers. The vouchers would be instead of cash, which Mr Morrison said could be used to pay 'people smugglers debts'. The Immigration Minister, Brendan O'Connor indicated that the idea was one 'worth considering'.While media reports and commentary have suggested a relationship between the 'w... Read more...

    TAGS: asylum, income management, refugees

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  • New Place Based Income Management to commence 1 July

    Posted 29/06/2012 by Luke Buckmaster
    Image: Bankstown Railway Station (Wikimedia Commons)
    A new form of income management being introduced next week will extend welfare quarantining to selected disadvantaged areas across Australia, targeting people involved in child protection matters and deemed vulnerable to financial hardship.From 1 July, the Government will introduce a new form of income management to communities in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.   So, how will the new Place Based Income Management operate and how does it differ from existing forms? Why... Read more...

    TAGS: income management, social security, welfare policy, welfare reform

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  • Income management: some answers to key questions

    Posted 21/06/2012 by Luke Buckmaster
    Image: BasicsCard kiosk, (Centrelink)
    From 1 July 2012, income management will be extended to five new disadvantaged communities across Australia: Bankstown (New South Wales), Logan (Queensland), Rockhampton (Queensland), Playford (South Australia) and Greater Shepparton (Victoria).While the policy of income management of welfare payments has been highly controversial, the specific details of its various forms are not generally well understood. The Parliamentary Library has released a Background Note seeking to address this lack of ... Read more...

    TAGS: income management, social security, welfare policy, welfare reform

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  • Is income management working?

    Posted 2/05/2012 by Luke Buckmaster
     
    Image: BasicsCard kiosk (Centrelink)
      Much of the debate surrounding income management of welfare payments has related to the question of evidence. That is, is there evidence to justify the policy? Alternatively, is there evidence of policy failure or harmful consequences arising from income management? In other words, is income management working?Income management (also known as ‘welfare quarantining’) refers to a policy under which a percentage of the welfare payments of certain people are set aside to be spent only on ‘pri... Read more...

    TAGS: income management, welfare policy, welfare reform

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  • Income management and the Racial Discrimination Act

    Posted 21/03/2012 by Luke Buckmaster
    
    Mick Gooda Image source: indigenous.gov.au
    In March 2011, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, is reported to have said that it is likely that some time in the future a complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) will be lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in relation to income management of welfare payments on the grounds that it discriminates against Indigenous people. If any such complaint were upheld, this would be a significant test of one of the main pilla... Read more...

    TAGS: income management, Northern Territory Emergency Response, Racial Discrimination Act, welfare reform

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  • What's the future for income management in the Northern Territory?

    Posted 4/07/2011 by Luke Buckmaster
    In her foreword to the Government’s recent discussion paper on the future of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER), the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, argued that lack of consultation had caused ‘ongoing anger, fear and distrust among indigenous people’ and that the next stage of the NTER would need to be based on ‘partnership with Aboriginal people’. To this end, the Government plans to consult with Aboriginal people over coming months about ‘what has worked well and... Read more...

    TAGS: income management, indigenous Australians, Northern Territory Emergency Response, welfare reform

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  • Child protection income management in the Northern Territory

    Posted 21/10/2010 by Luke Buckmaster
    The Gillard Government recently announced that child protection income management was being rolled out in the Northern Territory (NT). Under this program, child protection workers in the NT will be able to refer parents to Centrelink for compulsory income management when children are being neglected or are at risk of neglect. Provision for child protection income management to be introduced into the NT was created through changes  to the NT Emergency Response earlier this year.Income management ... Read more...

    TAGS: child protection, income management, Northern Territory Emergency Response, welfare reform

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