Thank you for visiting this website. In the period preceding an election, the Australian Government assumes a caretaker role.

The Department of Social Services hosts this website and the department will manage it in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions. Trigger payment (Cashless Debit Card)


Trigger payment means a payment that will automatically activate (trigger) participation in the Cashless Debit Card (8.7) for people who live in a program area.

The trigger payments are:

  • a payment under the scheme known as ABSTUDY that includes an amount identified as living allowance
  • austudy payment
  • benefit PP (partnered)
  • BVA, so long as the recipient has not reached pension age
  • carer payment
  • disability support pension
  • jobseeker payment
  • parenting allowance (other than non-benefit allowance)
  • pension PP (single)
  • special benefit
  • youth allowance.

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