The Government intends to drug test around 5000 new recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance (other) as part of a two-year trial. Canterbury-Bankstown, Logan and Mandurah are the sites in which the drug-testing trial is proposed to occur. Initially, this trial was to commence in February 2018. The legislation to implement the trial, however, is yet to be passed by the Senate.
Refusal to submit to the drug test will result in the cancellation of payments.
A person who tests positive once will be automatically placed on income management for two years. Those who test positive once will be tested again 25 days later. If they test positive on a second occasion, they will be referred to a doctor and must undertake any suggested treatment or agree to repeated tests if they are to continue to receive income support. Those who test positive a second time will normally have the costs of the drug tests deducted from their regular support payments.