The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication intended only as a guide to social security payments. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Goldfields


The Goldfields Region commenced Cashless Debit Card arrangements on 26 March 2018. The program is currently scheduled to operate until 31 December 2022.

Anyone whose usual place of residence was in the Goldfields area, as at 26 March 2018, or who moves into the Goldfields area after this time, and receives a trigger payment will become a program participant unless they are exempted (

Once a person is a program participant, they will remain on the program, even if they move out of the program area.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 124PD Definitions


The Goldfields program area is defined under SS(Admin)Act subsection 124PD(1).

The Goldfields program area means the following Local Government Areas as at 7 February 2018:

  • the Shire of Leonora
  • the Shire of Laverton
  • the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • the Shire of Coolgardie, and
  • the Shire of Menzies.

Social Security (Administration) (Cashless Welfare - Cape York Area) Determination 2021 excludes the locality of Plumridge Lakes as referred to in the definition of the Goldfields - Esperance Police District in Schedule 1 to the Police Districts Notice 2017 (Western Australia).

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