8.7.2 Cashless debit card program - defined terms
Note: CDC program ending
The CDC program is being abolished. As of 1 October 2022, the program is closed to new entrants who otherwise would have been triggered for the program other than those residing in the Cape York and Doomadgee region and individuals who wish to volunteer for the CDC program. From 1 October 2022, with the exceptions of the Cape York and Doomadgee region and the Northern Territory, existing participants in the program are able to make a request to the Secretary to cease to be a program participant. The Secretary must then give the person a notice stating that the person ceases to be a program participant.
In Ceduna and surrounding regions, South Australia, the East Kimberley and Goldfields regions, Western Australia, and the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region, Queensland:
- From 1 October 2022, there will be no more compulsory CDC program participants. Individuals in these areas can still become voluntary CDC program participants.
- Existing participants can choose to cease participation in the program from 1 October 2022.
- Individuals can continue to volunteer for the CDC during this time, and for EIM from 6 March 2023. Participants volunteering will move onto the EIM regime on 6 March 2023.
In the Northern Territory, eligible participants will move onto the EIM program on 6 March 2023. Existing IM will continue as usual (Part 11) in this program area. CDC program participants in the Northern Territory who do not meet the criteria for EIM may remain on the CDC program until the legislation is repealed, after which their participation in the program will cease.
In the Cape York and Doomadgee region, participants will continue in the CDC program until 6 March 2023 when they will be moved onto EIM. The Family Responsibilities Commission can continue making new referrals to the CDC program during this time, and onto EIM from 6 March 2023.
The legislation enacting the CDC program is scheduled to be repealed, meaning the program will be ended, on 30 March 2023 unless an earlier date is set by Proclamation. This will not be before the commencement of the EIM regime on 6 March 2023.
Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 124PG Program participants – Ceduna area, section 124PGA Program participants – East Kimberley area, section 124PGB Program participants – Goldfields area, section 124PGC Program participants – Bundaberg and Hervey Bay area, section 124PGD Program participants – Cape York area, section 124PGE Program participants – Northern Territory, section 124PH Voluntary participants
This section describes the terms used in the CDC program.
Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 124PD Definitions