Source: Australian Executive Government Ministers
- CDP has supported remote job seekers into almost 25,000 jobs and achieved over 8,600 six-month employment outcomes (as at 30 May 2018)
- First meeting of business providers since the 2018-19 Budget announcement of reforms into the Community Development Programme
- The reforms will support 6,000 subsidised jobs in remote Australia
Speaking today at the first Provider Business Meeting for the Community Development Programme (CDP) since reforms were announced in the 2018-19 Budget, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion is encouraging providers to continue working in partnership with government and communities to implement these positive changes.
“The Community Development Programme has always been a partnership between government, businesses and the community.
Since we have come to office, the Coalition has taken remote job seeker participation from a shockingly low six per cent under Jenny Macklin’s failed and discredited Remote Jobs and Communities Programme (RJCP), and we have lifted it to 75 per cent under the Coalition’s successful CDP.
“We want to build on the success of the CDP and bring back the best bits of CDEP, and we certainly have been keen to reform the programme to build on outcomes for remote job seekers.
The key elements of the reforms include:
- Support for 6,000 subsidised jobs across remote Australia, designed to ensure employers keep people in jobs for the long term.
- Improvements to job seeker assessments, ensuring local qualified health workers can provide the evidence needed to reduce a job seeker’s required hours of participation.
- Increased community involvement in the design and delivery of CDP.
- More intensive and tailored support for the most vulnerable job seekers.
“Just as I value visiting communities and meeting with CDP participants around the nation, I also really value coming to these meetings and hearing from CDP providers firsthand about how they see the programme working on the ground and how it is changing lives.
Minister Scullion also reflected on his intention to transition to Indigenous providers delivering CDP, which he first discussed with providers at the same meeting in June 2017.
“From July 2018, we will have Indigenous providers running CDP. The Government is working in partnership to ensure we have more Indigenous and more local control in the design and delivery of CDP.
“The changes the Government has announced in the Budget deliver local control to communities and local Indigenous organisations must be at the heart of our work.
“CDP is yielding great results and the providers I am meeting today are absolutely instrumental to its ongoing success.
“I look forward to hearing about how the CDP reforms and subsidised jobs can roll-out in different regions as we continue with ongoing consultations with providers, communities and job seekers. This will ensure the CDP delivers the best outcomes for remote job seekers.”