To get a BasicsCard you must first start Income Management. Income Management helps you manage your payments for essentials like food, rent and bills.
Enhanced Income Management and SmartCard started on 6 March 2023. If you have a BasicsCard this does not affect you. You do not have to do anything.
You can only use the BasicsCard in person at approved stores and businesses.
There are over 18,000 stores and businesses that accept the BasicsCard across Australia.