Can a Merchant that sells restricted goods participate in the SmartCard program?

In certain circumstances, yes.  If a merchant sells both restricted and unrestricted goods, they may be able to accept the SmartCard in their business if they sign an agreement to prevent the purchase of any restricted goods on a SmartCard.

Services Australia is also working with merchants to assess their capabilities for implementing new technology that automatically prevents the purchase of restricted items with a SmartCard.

Merchants who sell both restricted and unrestricted goods and wish to accept the SmartCard can contact Services Australia to discuss options. Merchants that only sell restricted goods cannot accept the SmartCard.