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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill 2018

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2016-2017-2018

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill 2018

 

 

( 1 )     Schedule  1 , page 8 (after line 14) , after item  15 , insert:

15A  After section 124PR

Insert:

124PS   Evaluation of trial review

             (1)  If the Minister or the Secretary causes a review of the trial of the cashless welfare arrangements mentioned in section 124PF to be conducted, the Minister must cause the review to be evaluated.

             (2)  The evaluation must:

                     (a)  be completed within 6 months from the time the Minister receives the review report; and

                     (b)  be conducted by an independent evaluation expert with significant expertise in the social and economic aspects of welfare policy.

             (3)  The independent expert must:

                     (a)  consult trial participants; and

                     (b)  make recommendations as to:

                              (i)  whether cashless welfare arrangements are effective; and

                             (ii)  whether such arrangements should be implemented outside of a trial area.

             (4)  The Minister must cause a writt en report about the evaluation to be prepared.

             (5)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of Parliament within 15 days after the completion of the report.

[evaluation of trial]