What are the restricted items that cannot be purchased using a SmartCard?

Restricted goods include:

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco products
  • Pornography
  • Gambling goods and services (excluding lottery tickets and Scratchies)
  • Cash-like products, gift or prepaid cards that allow cardholders to access cash or purchase alcohol or gambling products
  • Any other goods or services determined by the Commonwealth of Australia in accordance with the (Social Security Administration) Act 1999 (Cth).

Can my SmartCard be used at a place that mostly sells alcohol and some food, such as pubs?

You may be able to use your SmartCard to purchase goods and services at a store that mainly sells alcohol or other restricted goods (such as gambling products or specific gift and prepaid cards) as well as other unrestricted goods or services (such as food or accommodation) if that store has arrangements in place not to process transactions that include restricted goods.  These stores are referred to as “Participating Mixed Merchants”.