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

November 2020

© Commonwealth of Australia 2020
ISBN: 978-1-76093-128-5

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Committee Members


List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Purpose of the bill
  Key provisions of the bill
  Financial implications
  Legislative scrutiny
  Conduct of inquiry
  Note on references

Chapter 2—Key issues

  Harm reduction
  Issues with card functionality
  Monitoring and evaluation
  Impacts on IM participants in transitioning to CDC
  Other key concerns raised by submitters
  Committee view

Dissenting Report by Labor Senators


Dissenting Report by the Australian Greens

  Lack of consultation around the permanency of the CDC
  Overwhelming opposition from First Nations groups
  Missing evaluation data
  Cost of making the CDC permanent is unclear
  Power of Minister to increase quarantined income
  Changes to the wellbeing exemptions and exit process
  Income Management in Cape York

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearings

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