Dataset: Australian Government Cashless Debit Card Program


Description

Updated data for the Australian Government’s Cashless Debit Card (CDC) program will be available on the third Thursday of every month. The data summary will include:

Table 1. Number of CDC participants by original CDC location, Income Support Payment and if a participant has identified as an Indigenous Australian.

Table 2. Community panel (or body) decisions to change the restricted portion of welfare payment.

Table 3. When someone is not subject to cashless welfare arrangements: Well-being exemptions.

Table 4. When someone is not subject to cashless welfare arrangements: Exits.

The data provided will be the last weekly data update for the previous month.

Legislation

Legislation for the CDC is located here in the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999.

Information about the CDC

More information about the CDC is located here on the Department of Social Services (the department) web site.

Locations and commencement dates

Information on where the CDC program has been implemented is located here in Section 124PD of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999.

Location: Ceduna region, South Australia
Commencement date: 15 March 2016

Includes: Ceduna, Koonibba, Scotdesco, Yalata and Oak Valley
Cohort: All people on a working age income support payment

Location: East Kimberley region, Western Australia

Commencement date: 26 April 2016

Includes: Kununurra and Wyndham
Cohort: All people on a working age income support payment 2

Location: Goldfields region, Western Australia
Commencement date: 26 March 2018

Includes: Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Coolgardie, Laverton, Leinster, Leonora, Menzies and Kookynie.

Cohort: All people on a working age income support payment

Location: Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region, Queensland

Commencement date: 21 September 2018

Includes: Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Aldershot, Bargara, Elliott Heads, Woodgate, Booyal, Burrum Heads, Torbanlea, Toogoom, Howard, Childers, Burnett Heads and River Heads.

Cohort: All people aged 35 years and under who receive Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance (Job seeker), Parenting Payment (Single) or Parenting Payment (Partnered).

Data Confidentialisation Policy
Table cells are suppressed where the count refers to less than five, but more than zero, people.

The method is:

Data caveats
If a person is on the CDC program and moves out of a CDC area they remain on the program and continue to be reported against their original CDC community.

General Information

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