FaCS Research News is a periodic newsletter that provides an overview of and update on research within FaCS, focusing on key findings and outcomes, updates on new departmental publications and promotion of forthcoming events/conferences.
Kids' money: better outcomes for Indigenous children
This report evaluates the Extended Family Care (EFC) Pilot, a program designed to trial more flexible payment delivery methods for family payments to better support child raising in non-nuclear family structures. The program involved pilot arrangements whereby relatives formed 'care groups', and agreed to pass on or share family payments they receive, or goods in lieu, to the person with the current care of each child. This was in response to the demands of Indigenous customers for some way of ensuring Family Tax Benefit (FTB) could follow each child as he or she moved from carer to carer within an extended family network.