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Findings show that Western Australia's Income Management trial is a success



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Robyn McSweeney Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

Fri 08 October, 2010

Findings show Western Australia’s Income Management trial is a success

Portfolio: Child Protection

Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney has welcomed positive evaluation findings into Western Australia’s Income Management trial that has been operating in collaboration with the Federal Government since late 2008.

The Income Management for Child Protection trial has been operating in Cannington, Joondalup, Midland, Mirrabooka and East and West Kimberley, Armadale, Perth, Fremantle and Rockingham districts on both a voluntary and involuntary basis.

"The feedback both the Western Australian Government and the Federal Government have received to date from families participating in the trial has been positive. This includes families who are participating on both a voluntary and involuntary basis,” Mrs McSweeney said.

"Based on the positive evaluation of the trial, I will continue to lobby the Federal Government for WA’s income management model to be made permanent throughout the State as it is a tool that works in response to child neglect.

"The WA model of income management is unique to other jurisdictions. It is child focused and up to 70 per cent of welfare payments can be quarantined to pay for essentials, with the purchase of items such as tobacco and alcohol prohibited.

“Evidence from the Department for Child Protection has shown there is a reduced likelihood of family domestic violence as a result of families participating.

“It is very positive to know that two-thirds of people participating in the trial said they had recommended, or would recommend, income management to others because of the positive impact it had on their lives.”

The Minister said the trial that has been part of an ongoing collaboration between State and Federal governments has worked to ensure people on welfare payments manage their income to provide the necessities for their children.

A total allocation of $18.9million was made by the Federal Government for WA’s income management trial.

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