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. Northern Territory


From 17 March 2021, people in the Northern Territory who are income managed can choose to transition to the Cashless Debit Card Program (8.7.1). Participants that choose to transition will have their current restricted percentage rate preserved under the Cashless Debit Card.

Income mnagement will remain in the Northern Territory for those that do not choose to transition.

New participants triggered onto income management under the following measures:

  • Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient Measure
  • the Child Protection Measure
  • the Disengaged Youth Measure
  • the Long-Term Welfare Payment Recipients Measure, and
  • the Supporting People at Risk Measure

will be able to choose to transition to the Cashless Debit Card.

Once a person is a Cashless Debit Card Program participant, they will remain on the program even if they move out of the program area. If a person transitions to the Cashless Debit Card, ceases to receive an eligible payment and returns to an eligible payment at a later date, that person will return to the Cashless Debit Card Program and not income management. Program participants in the Northern Territory area are not entitled to the 'other expenses' transfer limit that allows participants to transfer up to $200 every 28 days from their Cashless Debit Card account to their unrestricted bank account.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 124PGE Program participants-Northern Territory

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