The Australian Government’s commitment to meaningful consultation on the transition away from the Cashless Debit Card was on full display today, with a visit to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay by the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Justine Elliot.
This latest visit follows a number of visits to other Cashless Debit Card sites, including Ceduna and the East Kimberley, by Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth in recent weeks.
Assistant Minister Elliot said the government is delivering on its commitment to abolish the Cashless Debit Card program, and that undertaking meaningful community consultation is critical in the transition process.
“Working closely with Minister Rishworth, my focus is going out and meeting with individuals, and communities – face to face and on the ground,” Assistant Minister Elliot said.
“That’s exactly what I’m doing in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay – hearing from people who actually know about, and have first-hand experiences with, the Cashless Debit Card.
“To community leaders, service providers and Cashless Debit Card participants – we’re hearing you. We’re hearing your concerns, and we want to discuss solutions that will work.”
“Whilst we are moving quickly and decisively, it is also important that the transition away from the Cashless Debit Card is done properly,” Assistant Minister Elliot said.
“We need to first work with communities about what the transition away from the Cashless Debit Card looks like, and then work with communities to deliver it.”
Extensive public and individual communication activities will ensure existing Cashless Debit Card participants are aware of all supports available to them.