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 the best tool for supporting disadvantaged communities to decrease the level of consumption and effects of drugs, alcohol and gambling impacting on the health and wellbeing of communities, families and children.
On 14 March 2017 the Australian Government decided to extend the use of the Cashless Debit Card based on the results from the independent evaluation.
The Cashless Debit Card Trial has been operating in Ceduna, South Australia and the East Kimberley region of Western Australia since 15 March and 26 April 2016 respectively.
For Ministerial announcements regarding the trial, go to alantudge.dss.gov.au
To see a copy of the Wave 1 Interim Evaluation Report, go to Wave 1 Interim Evaluation Report page.