Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Programme

Category: Policy/Strategy
Sub Category:Policy/Strategy
Location:Australia
The CDEP Organisation locations are displayed on the 'Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Organisation' map published by Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Commonwealth Government (2006).
Alternative Names:
  • CDEP
  • Summary Information:
    The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Programme ('the Programme') provides Indigenous people with employment and training. The aim of the Programme is to 'provide work for unemployed Indigenous people in community-managed activities which assist the individual in acquiring skills which benefit the community, develop business enterprises and/or lead to unsubsidised employment' (ATSIC, 2004). CDEPs also act as a stepping stone for Indigenous Australians moving into the mainstream labour force.

    Under the scheme, participants forego their income-benefit entitlements, and are instead paid wages to work on CDEPs. There over 36,000 participants in the scheme.

    The CDEP Programme was previously managed by ATSIC, but is now under the control of the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR).
    Detailed Information:
    Changes to CDEP

    In February 2007, the DEWR announced that CDEP would be discontinued in urban and regional areas where unemployment is below 7% to encourage the transition rate from CDEP-supported places to unsubsidised employment from 1 July 2007 (DEWR, 2007a). Subject to eligibility criteria, previous CDEP participants would be able to access unemployment benefits.

    More recently, on 23 July 2007, DEWR made an announcement that CDEP in the Northern Territory would be removed as a key step in support of the Australian Government's emergency response to protect Indigenous children (DEWR, 2007b). According to a media release by DEWR, CDEP activities 'which have contributed to essential services and the ongoing economic viability of a community will continue [and] those jobs will be transferred to agencies who normally employ such workers.'

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  • Organisation
  • Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (Cth)
  • Minjilang Council
  • Coolgaree Aboriginal Corporation for CDEP
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  • East Kimberley Community Development Employment Programme (CDEP) Pty Ltd
  • Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) Incorporated
  • Kimberley Group Training Inc
  • Hedland Community Development Emloyment Projects (CDEP) Aboriginal Corporation
  • Bundaberg and Burnett Region CDEP Aboriginal Corporation
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  • Central Queensland Indigenous Development Ltd
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Structured Training and Employment Projects (STEP)

  • References

    Media Release
    Australian Government - Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (2007a) Indigenous Employment Services Reforms Announced
    Australian Government - Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (2007b) Jobs and training for Indigenous people in the NT
    Report
    Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (2005) Building on Success CDEP Discussion Paper
    Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (2005) Building on Success CDEP Future Directions
    Ngiya Institute for Law, Policy and PracticeThink Tank (2005) Briefing Paper No 2: Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP)
    Resource
    Senator McLucas (Queensland) (2006) Community Development Employment Program (Parliamentary Debate in the Senate)
    Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (2006) Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Organisation Locations
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2007) Indigenous community workers voice concerns over CDEP cuts
    Australian Government - Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (2005) Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Programme
    ATSIC (2005) Programs: Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP)
    Resource Section
    Wage Assistance and Indigenous Job Seeker Section, Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (2004) Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Placement Incentive

    Glossary

    Policy/Strategy