8.7.4.15 Exemptions from Cashless Debit Card Program

Summary

The following exemptions apply to all program regions (8.7.3).

Exiting the Cashless Debit Card Program

A person may apply to be exited from the Cashless Debit Card Program. See 8.7.5 for more information.

Wellbeing exemption

If the Secretary is satisfied that being a program participant would seriously risk that person's mental, physical or emotional wellbeing, the Secretary may exempt that person from the program. This would be an administrative decision in relation to an individual person that being a program participant would seriously risk that person's mental, physical or emotional wellbeing, which means that the person is not within the prescribed class of program participants.

The Secretary is not required to consider whether to make a decision prior to a person becoming a program participant. In practice, the Secretary will consider making a decision under this section only where a delegate of the Secretary becomes aware of facts which indicate that being a program participant may seriously risk a person's mental, physical or emotional wellbeing. If, after gathering relevant evidence, the delegate becomes satisfied that being a program participant would seriously risk that person's mental, physical or emotional wellbeing, a determination to this effect may be made.

Outside program area student

Outside program area students will be exempt from the program. An outside program area student is one whose usual place of residence is within a program area but who lives outside the program area for the purposes of meeting study requirements and is undertaking full-time study as defined by SSAct section 541B.

Payment nominees

Those with payment nominees (reference) will be exempt from the program except participants with an eligible Part 3B payment nominee.

Age thresholds

In the Ceduna, East Kimberley and Goldfields program areas, persons who have reached age pension age or those who would reach age pension age during the first 12 months of the program in the relevant program area will be exempt from the program.

In the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay program area, persons aged 36 years or older or those turning 36 years during the first 12 months of the program in the program area will be exempt from the program.

Weekly payment recipients

People who receive weekly payments are no longer exempt from participating in the Cashless Debit Card Program. This ensures that a person is not excluded from being a Cashless Debit Card Program participant on the basis of receiving weekly payments.

Last reviewed: 17 March 2021