Welfare Reform

Cashless Debit Card changes 

Legislation has passed and the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) program is ending in all locations across Australia. 

From 4 October 2022, participants in the below locations can choose what they want to do when the CDC program ends. They can either volunteer for the program or move to self-managed payments.

  • Ceduna region, South Australia
  • East Kimberley region, Western Australia
  • Goldfields region, Western Australia and 
  • Bundaberg and Hervey Bay regions, Queensland

Participants in the Northern Territory and Cape York and Doomadgee region will remain on the CDC program until early next year.

Participants on Income Management that have a BasicsCard will not be affected. 

Read more about the Cashless Debit Card program changes or visit servicesaustralia.gov.au/debitcard

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