This week’s interview focuses on the Cashless Debit Card that is being trialed in communities in the West Coast of South Australia, around the Ceduna area; and the communities of Kununurra and Wyndham in Western Australia.
According to the Progress Report on the Trial of the Cashless Debit Card, the Cashless Card was introduced in order to reduce the harm caused by “Welfare-fueled alcohol and drug abuse and gambling” by reducing the amount of cash available to people. 80% of people’s welfare payments are paid into a debit card account that cannot be used for alcohol or gambling. People on the Card can only access 20% of their income benefits in the form of cash.
The trial of the Cashless Debit Card was introduced in the Ceduna area in March 2016 and in Western Australia in April 2016. The trial is scheduled to run for 12 months – and it recently reached its half-way mark.
To explain the purpose of the Card and the interim outcomes of the Trial so far, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker talks with the Federal Minister for Human Services, the Hon Alan Tudge MP.