11.2 Cape York initiative
Note: Transition to the enhanced income management regime
The Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) is the body specified as the 'Queensland Commission' under the SS(Admin)Act.
Since 2008, the FRC has had responsibility for referring individuals within the Cape York and surrounding regions onto income management. In March 2021, the CDC program was rolled out in the Cape York and Doomadgee regions and eligible individuals within those areas became participants in the CDC program rather than the income management regime. From 17 March 2021, a notice issued by the FRC that required a person to become subject to income management had the effect of referring an individual to the CDC program.
From 6 March 2023, a notice given by the FRC will have the effect of referring individuals onto the enhanced income management regime rather than the CDC program as a result of the cessation of that program (8.7). Individuals residing in the Cape York and Doomadgee regions who are participating in the program transitioned to the enhanced income management regime from 6 March 2023 until the end of their notice.
On or after 6 March 2023, individuals residing in the Cape York and Doomadgee regions will become subject to the enhanced income management regime if they meet the relevant legislated criteria (Part 12).
This chapter provides information on the specific application of income management under the Cape York welfare reforms.