Abolishing the Cashless Debit Card

This week the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) released their latest audit into the cashless debit card program.

The report showed whilst noting the Department of Social Services’ efforts to improve the implementation of the program, the ANAO highlighted the lack of evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Cashless Debit Card.

Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth, has already received briefings from the Department on the program and to discuss its termination, delivering on Labor’s election commitment.

“I will be working with local communities on better local solutions,” Minister Rishworth said.

“The former Coalition Government spent more than $170 million on the privatised Cashless Debit Card – money that could have been spent on services locals need.”