Jobs Australia's Submission on the Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition Bill

Jobs Australia has made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019.  

Jobs Australia opposes the passage of the Bill, which would transition 23,000 participants in the NT from the BasicsCard to the Cashless Debit Card (CDC). The Bill would also broaden the criteria for eligibility for compulsory income management, extend current CDC trials and also grant the Minister for Indigenous Australians a new power to increase the level of quarantined income up to 100% for specific communities.

Jobs Australia opposes the Bill because there is insufficient evidence that compulsory income management leads to improvements in people's lives.  It is also a one-size-fits-all approach that treats all people the same, regardless of whether they have a problem with alcohol, drugs or gambling.  There has been inadequate consultation with Indigenous people, leaders and organisation, and the cost of implementing the card would be better spent on addressing the underlying causes of disadvantage in the areas where it operates.  

To see Jobs Australia's submission, click here.