Implementing the cashless welfare card is extremely costly. The Government spent nearly $18.9 million to trial the cashless welfare card, which equates to over $10,000 per person participating in the trial. More than half ($9.8 million) of the total funding was paid to Indue, the private company contracted to cover all operational aspects of the cashless welfare card. Expanding the card to more communities will simply increase the wealth of private entities like Indue and the overall cost of social security provision – and yet without providing benefits for the individuals and communities affected.