NT retailers embrace BasicsCard

Almost half of all income managed customers in the Northern Territory were now using the BasicsCard, spending more than $3 million in the past two months said the Minister for Human Service, Senator Joe Ludwig. The BasicsCard is now available in most major urban centres as well as smaller communities in the NT. The Minister said it was great to see that the BasicsCard is being well accepted by customers and shop owners. “There are now more than 200 individual shops and service providers that accept the BasicsCard across the NT, making it much easier for income managed customers to purchase every day priority goods, such as food and clothing.” Any shop selling or providing priority goods and services can accept the BasicsCard once they apply and are approved. Shop owners must agree not to sell excluded goods such as alcohol, tobacco and pornography, or dispense cash, through the BasicsCard.

Source: Minister for Human Services