The Cashless Debit Card works as an effective tool to help minimise the social harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption, illegal drug use and gambling.
The Cashless Debit Card looks and works just like a regular bank card, except it cannot be used to buy alcohol, gambling products or to withdraw cash. Card holders receive 80 per cent of their welfare benefit on the card. The other 20 per cent is deposited into a standard bank account and is available to be withdrawn as cash.
The card works in any store that accepts EFTPOS, at approved online stores, for online banking and to pay bills.
Research to date tells us the Cashless Debit Card plays a critical role as a circuit breaker. An independent evaluation after just over 12 months of Cashless Debit Card trials in Ceduna SA, and the East Kimberley WA concluded the card helped to reduce alcohol, drug and gambling use by up to 48 per cent.
Alcohol abuse, drug taking and excessive gambling are harmful to individuals and their families. We want our communities to thrive.
The Cashless Debit Card strikes a balance between allowing welfare recipients to make independent decisions about what they want to buy and helping to create safe communities.
If you wish to have the Cashless Debit Card in your community, make a request to your local member of Federal Parliament.