Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020

Social Services
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: remove the trial parameters to establish the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) as an ongoing program; establish the Northern Territory and Cape York areas as CDC program areas and transition income management participants in these areas to the CDC program in 2021; remove a current exclusion to enable people in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay program area to voluntary participate in the CDC program; enable a voluntary participant to continue to volunteer for the CDC even if they no longer reside in a program area; enable the secretary to advise a community body when a person has exited the CDC program; enable the minister to determine decision-making principles for the purposes of determining whether a person can demonstrate reasonable and responsible management of the person's affairs; enable the secretary to review a wellbeing exemption or exit determination in certain circumstances and remove the determination as a result of such a review; enable the secretary to issue and revoke a notice informing a person that they are a CDC program participant; remove the requirement that an evaluation be conducted by an independent expert of a review of the CDC program; and extend the sunset date for income management in Cape York from 30 June 2020 to 31 December 2021.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 08 Oct 2020
Second reading moved 08 Oct 2020
Second reading debate 12 Nov 2020
Second reading debate 02 Dec 2020
Second reading debate 07 Dec 2020
Second reading agreed to 07 Dec 2020
Consideration in detail debate 07 Dec 2020
Third reading agreed to 07 Dec 2020
Introduced and read a first time 08 Dec 2020
Second reading moved 08 Dec 2020
Second reading debate 08 Dec 2020
Second reading debate 09 Dec 2020
Second reading agreed to 09 Dec 2020
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 10 Government and 4 Independent (Senator Patrick) agreed to
09 Dec 2020
Third reading agreed to 09 Dec 2020
(After Midnight)
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
10 Dec 2020
Finally passed both Houses 10 Dec 2020
  • Act no: 136
  • Year: 2020
17 Dec 2020

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