Cashless Debit Card - Cape York

What area does the Cashless Debit Card cover in the Cape York?

The Cashless Debit Card in the Cape York Region in Queensland is delivered in the communities and associated outstations of:

  • Aurukun
  • Coen
  • Hope Vale
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Doomadgee

The Cashless Debit Card in the Cape York Region is delivered in partnership with an independent statutory body called the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC).

When did the Cashless Debit Card commence in the Cape York region?

The Cape York Region became a Cashless Debit Card area on 17 March 2021.

Who receives the Cashless Debit Card in the Cape York region?

Existing income management participants in the Cape York Region were transitioned to the Cashless Debit Card on 17 March 2021. These participants retain the restricted percentage set out in their notice (they do not default to an 80% restricted payment rate). The Family Responsibilities Commission will determine new participants and their restrictable payment rates.

The Cashless Debit Card does not automatically apply to everyone on a trigger payment in the Cape York Region. A person is subject to the Cashless Debit Card under the Cape York Measure, if:

  • the individual, or the individual's partner, is an eligible recipient of a category P welfare payment, and
  • the FRC has given a valid notice to the delegate requiring that the individual be subject to the income management regime, and
  • the notice has not ended or been revoked or withdrawn, and
  • if the individual has a payment nominee under part 3B of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999, who is a Cashless Debit Card participant or subject to income management.

Once a person is on the program, they will remain on the program, even if they move out of the program area. A person will cease to be a Cashless Debit Card participant in the Cape York Region when their notice expires.

How does the card work?

The Cashless Debit Card looks and operates like a normal bank card, except it cannot be used to buy alcohol or gambling products, or to withdraw cash.

For more information about how the card works visit the main Cashless Debit Card page.

In the Cape York region of Queensland, those transitioning to the Cashless Debit Card will receive the same payment spilt they did on Income Management. The Family Responsibilities Commission will continue to determine the payment split for participants.

For more information on the Cashless Debit Card in Cape York, please see Services Australia’s website - Cashless Debit Card - Who it affects - Services Australia.

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