Evaluating New Income Management in the Northern Territory

Evaluating New Income Management in the Northern Territory

Final evaluation report

Rob Bray, Matthew Gray, Kelly Hand and Ilan Katz

Commissioned report— December 2014

A report commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

This report presents the final evaluation findings of a new government income management scheme operating in the Northern Territory - New Income Management (NIM). Income management - the 'quarantining' a portion of a person's income support payment and restricting how this can be spent - was first introduced in 2007 as part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) in Indigenous communities. In August 2010, the scheme was revised and expanded to form the NIM scheme. It features four streams, targeting long-term income support recipients of working age, vulnerable groups, people in contact with child protection authorities, and voluntary participants. The evaluation was commissioned to assess the impact of the scheme on clients, the effectiveness of the implementation, and the cost-effectiveness of the model, and to inform future policy development. The evaluation was undertaken from 2010 to 2014, with initial findings published in 2012 in the First Evaluation Report.

This report was authored by AIFS staff and published by the Australian Government Department of Social Services

Evaluating New Income Management in the Northern Territory: Final evaluation report

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