As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to improving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians, the Income Management for Child Protection trials will be extended for a further year. Voluntary Income Management (VIM) will also be offered in conjunction with the Child Protection trials.
This measure has been successfully implemented in selected trial communities in Western Australia from November 2008. This provided the Western Australian Government with the option of requesting Centrelink to manage a family’s income support and family payments. This measure will now be extended for a further one year in Western Australia, which includes the Kimberley region and in selected areas of metropolitan Perth.
The Western Australian Department for Child Protection will continue to have access to income management as an additional tool in their broader case management work in cases of child neglect and other relevant situations.
In conjunction with this measure, Voluntary Income Management will continue to be offered to individuals and families in current trial sites as a first step in building self reliance through improved budgeting and money management capability.
To maximise the Child Protection initiative, the Government has also invested in additional financial management support services to help people participating in income management. These services will help them to deal with immediate financial difficulties and to build better skills for managing their finances and providing for their children in the long term.
The trial will continue for a further one year through to 30 June 2010.
Total Government Funding
The Government will provide an additional $13.2 million in 2008-09 and 2009-10 (including capital funding of $1.4 million) to continue the current Child Protection initiative.