Cashless Debit Card trial half-way point and communities are seeing the difference
MALCOLM TURNBULL MP
FOR HUMAN SERVICES
ALAN TUDGE MP
Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs,
Nigel Scullion and the Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, will visit the
Ceduna region in South Australia today to meet with community leaders and to
see first-hand the impact of the Cashless Debit Card trial.
results are encouraging with the latest data and feedback indicating that the
trial is having an impact on reducing welfare-fuelled alcohol, drug and
the number of people exiting the sobering up in Ceduna centre at high risk has
dropped from on average approximately 32 per month prior to the trial to just
five per month following the trial’s commencement.
number of alcohol related admissions to the public hospital has dropped by 21
percent in the last four months, compared with the four months immediately
prior to the trial’s commencement.
mayor says that "it is the quietest the town has been.”
feedback has been received in the East Kimberley, with presentations at the
sobering up centre down and reports of decreased public drunkenness.
have been a partnership between local leaders and State and Commonwealth
in each of the trial sites have led the reform and co-designed every element of
the trial with the government. Local leadership groups have overseen the
Minister, Malcolm Turnbull says it is still early days but the results are very
communities have suffered considerably from the effects of alcohol abuse. We
hope that the trial will continue to make a positive difference.”
Tudge, who has overseen the design and implementation of the trial, said a
significant part of the success to date was the local leadership.
regional leaders have worked hand-in-glove with us on this reform,” Mr Tudge said.
that it is not a panacea to all the problems but we have to reduce the
devastating impact of alcohol on the community and this appears to be doing
get this right, it can be used as a model for elsewhere.”
debit card works the same way as any other debit card and allows people to buy
anything, anywhere but it will not work at the bottle shop or gambling venues,
and it cannot be used to withdraw cash.
For most of
the trial participants, 80 per cent of their welfare payments are placed onto
the card with the remaining 20 per cent continuing to go into a regular bank
Six month progress report attached.