Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Repeal of Cashless Debit Card and Other Measures) Bill 2022

August 2022

© Commonwealth of Australia 2022
ISBN: 978-1-76093-419-4

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List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of inquiry
  Compatibility with human rights
  Consideration by other committees
  Financial impact
  Structure of the report
  Background information on the cashless debit card program
  Income Management scheme

Chapter 2—Overview of the bill

  Purpose of the bill
  Scope of the bill
  Parts of the bill
  Key measures

Chapter 3—Key issues

  Support for the abolition of the cashless debit card program
  Issues specific to the Northern Territory and Cape York
  Impact of the bill on the work of the Family Responsibilities Commission
  Concerns relating to the future of income management
  Support for the cashless debit card

Chapter 4—Matters not addressed in the bill

  The transition process for CDC participants and communities
  The future of income management in Australia

Chapter 5—Committee views and recommendations

  The future of income management
  Abolition of the cashless debit card program

Coalition Senators' Dissenting Report

  Absence of consultation
  Benefits of the Cashless Debit Card Program
  Labor’s backward step on income management
  Choice in banking
  Preserving the Queensland Family Responsibilities Commission Model
  Absence of alternatives

Australian Greens Additional Comments

  The short time frames for this inquiry
  Greens opposition to compulsory income management
  Compulsory income management has consistently failed to benefit those it is imposed on
  Human rights impact
  Lived experience
  A disproportionate impact on First Nations peoples
  The forced transition to other forms of compulsory income management
  The need to fund support services

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515