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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 6004

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (13:48): The department has updated how it undertakes data monitoring and evaluation, including with the creation and appointment of the chief evaluator within the department. In order to build on the findings of the first evaluation report, the government has committed funding towards a second evaluation of the cashless debit card trial to further assess the ongoing effectiveness. The department has also developed a monitoring strategy to improve visibility of how the cashless debit card is being implemented. The strategy uses cashless debit card data collected by the department, the card provider and the Department of Human Services to ensure that the program is operating as intended, identifying potential issues and allaying concerns regarding the card.