2018-19 Budget: Community Development Programme reforms

Indigenous AffairsEmploymentCommunity Development Programme (CDP)
Tuesday, 08 May 2018
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

Changes to the Community Development Programme (CDP) announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

What was announced in the 2018 Budget?

Community Development Programme (CDP) reforms help more remote job seekers transition from welfare into real jobs.

The reforms will support 6,000 subsidised jobs in remote Australia.

Following ongoing consultation with communities and Indigenous Leaders, these reforms recognise that more needs to be done to support remote job seekers into work and provide better targeted support while job seekers move along a pathway to work.

The reforms ensure that the CDP continues to drive employment in remote Australia by improving the skills and employability of job seekers, and increasing their participation through a greater range of work-like activities in their community.

Implementation will commence in early 2019.

Indigenous job seeker on laptop with helper

The CDP has supported remote job seekers into more than 23,500 jobs and achieved over 8,100 six-month employment outcomes (as at 31 March 2018).

Changes to the programme include:

  • Reducing income reporting requirements to Centrelink for those job seekers who have mutual obligation requirements of between zero and 14 hours per week. 
  • Ensuring job seekers are not required to participate beyond their capacity through an improved assessment process that will clearly identify any barriers to employment they have.
  • Realigning required participation from up to 25 hours per week, to up to 20 hours per week.

The Government will work with local communities to support 6,000 subsidised jobs. These jobs are only available to CDP participants and will grow the size and capacity of the remote labour market and support the development of more local businesses.

  • Job seekers will now have access to real wages, equivalent to the minimum wage or above and will no longer have to rely on welfare as their only source of income.
  • They will have access to superannuation and other work place entitlements.

These wage subsidies could be used to support CDP job seekers to take up work opportunities in local Indigenous businesses, local councils, land councils and healthy, education and other community services.

The Government is establishing a fund to support the delivery of the reforms in the community. Providers will be able to apply for funding for capital items to contribute to running CDP activities and to support job seekers take on jobs in the community.

Key Facts

The CDP has supported remote job seekers into more than 23,500 jobs and achieved over 8,100 six-month employment outcomes (as at 31 March 2018).

For more information about the 2018-19 Budget, visit the Australian Government Budget website.


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