Cashless Debit Card Trial – Overview
The Commonwealth Government is looking at the best possible ways to provide support to people, families and communities in locations where high levels of welfare dependence exist alongside high levels of harm related to drug and alcohol abuse.
The Cashless Debit Card Trial is aimed at finding an effective tool for supporting disadvantaged communities to reduce the consumption and effects of drugs, alcohol and gambling that impact on the health and wellbeing of communities, families and children.
How the cashless debit card works
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.
Who will take part in the trial?
Under the trial, all recipients of working age income support payments who live in a trial location will receive a cashless debit card.
The full list of included payments is available on the Guides to Social Security Law website.
People on the Age Pension, a veteran’s payment or who earn a wage can volunteer to take part in the trial. Information on volunteering for the trial is available. Application forms for people who wish to volunteer can be downloaded from the Indue website.
How will it affect Centrelink payments?
The trial doesn’t change the amount of money a person receives from Centrelink. It only changes the way in which people receive and spend their fortnightly payments:
- 80 per cent is paid onto the cashless debit card
- 20 per cent is paid into a person’s regular bank account.
Cashless debit card calculator
To work out how much will be paid onto your cashless debit card, enter your fortnightly payment amount into the following calculator.
Money in your account
Use it when you need cash:
- School excursions
- Tuck shop
- Garage sale
Money on the card
Use it for:
- Pay bills
- Buy clothes
Anywhere with eftpos except:
- No grog
- No gambling
- No cash
Note: 100% of lump sum payments will be placed on the card. More information is available on the Guides to Social Security Law website.
Evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card Trial
- Evaluation of Cashless Debit Card Trial - Initial Conditions Report
- Cashless Debit Card Trial - Wave 1 Evaluation report
- Ceduna Cashless Debit Card Trial
- Kununurra and Wyndham Cashless Debit Card Trial
- Information for businesses
- Indue website
- Cashless Debt Card Trial – Evaluation Framework Summary
- Cashless Debit Card Newsletters:
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 252 604.
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