A reduction in harmful alcohol consumption, drugs, violence and crime are among outcomes of 10 years of the Cape York Income Management program, a strategic review of the program by QUT School of Justice researchers, including John Scott, Angela Higginson and Mark Lauchs, has found.
Income management was one measure in the Cape York Welfare Reform (CYWR) initiative implemented in 2008 to address ‘passive dependence’ on welfare and improve social capital in Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge.
The review was conducted in the light of Cape York communities looking to make a decision about moving to new arrangements based on the empowerment/development model.
The review will help inform decisions on the future of welfare quarantining in Cape York and the role current income management practices could have in any future models.
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