QCOSS does not support the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) as an ongoing program.
We believe complex health and social issues, such as alcohol, drug and gambling problems, should be addressed through support services and not through the welfare system.
The government’s report on the CDC program in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region highlights strong opposition to the CDC trial and a lack of community consultation. These findings are reflective of our community survey in Hinkler, with 65 per cent of respondents saying there would be no benefit of the CDC trial.
QCOSS has urged the Australian Government not to proceed with the Social Security Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 and to instead commit to:
- Working with all levels of government and the community to develop an evidence-based strategy for addressing alcohol, drug and gambling problems in target communities
- Making any participation in income management voluntary, supported by adequately funded services
- Ensuring participants have a pathway to employment
Read our Review of the Cashless Debit Card Trial and Evaluation here.