Study finds 'diverse' views on income management

Monash University researcher Steven Roche said his visit to Ceduna as part of a national study on compulsory income management provided interesting insights on the cashless debit card.

Mr Roche travelled to Ceduna last month to conduct research as part of the Australian Research Council's study titled 'Conditional Welfare: A Comparative Case Study of Income Management Policies'.

He spoke to members of the Ceduna community during a three-day visit to gauge perspectives of the card trial, which has been ongoing since 2016.

The independent study has also seen researchers head to sites such as Shepparton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Adelaide's northern suburbs to conduct interviews.

Mr Roche has spoken to 33 people from Ceduna as part of the study.

"While in town I spoke to local organisations, but the majority of interviews were with people on the card," he said.

"So far we've been able to gain a number of diverse views and perspectives on the Indue Card in Ceduna.

"We'd like to thank all the participants so far who have been supportive of the study and generous with their time."

Mr Roche said he had not spoken to any current Ceduna District Council councillors, nor with other community members without an association to the card.

He said people who were not able to conduct an interview during last month's visit but were interested in being part of the study could still do so.

"The study is ongoing, and we're still interested in conducting phone interviews with people who have experience using the Indue Card, as well as service providers and organisations who have insights into the use of the Indue Card in Ceduna and the surrounding region," Mr Roche said.

"We can do interviews over the phone at the individual's convenience."

Mr Roche said data-gathering for the study was also continuing in other areas such as Hervey Bay and Bundaberg, with the final study findings not expected for more than 12 months.

"Once that is done, the data gets analysed and then written into articles and reports," he said.

"We can expect to see the findings emerge towards the end of 2020."

If you would like to be involved with the study, please contact Steven Roche at steven.roche@monash.edu or colleague Philip Mendes at philip.mendes@monash.edu or (03) 9903 1132.