Medical experts have slammed the government's plan to drug test welfare recipients and labelled the consultation process as a "tick a box" exercise.

The government announced in the budget that it would test 5000 new welfare recipients for drugs, and those testing positive would be moved to an income-managed system, where 80% of their payment would be quarantined onto a debit card that can't be used on gambling, alcohol, or drugs, with only 20% of the payment available in cash. On a second positive test, the recipient would be required to undertake a treatment plan and pay for the cost of the test.