Legislation introduced to cement next steps for reforms to the Community Development Programme

Legislation introduced to cement next steps for reforms to the Community Development Programme

Indigenous Affairs Employment Community Development Programme (CDP)
Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Legislation has been introduced to support reforms to the Community Development Programme (CDP).

On 23 August the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion introduced the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Programme) Bill 2018. The Bill will amend the Social Security Act 1991 and the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999.

As announced in the 2018–19 Budget, the reforms will build on the success of CDP and focus on strengthening remote communities.

The reforms will help more people in remote Australia transition from welfare into work. Due to be rolled-out from February 2019 the reforms aim to:

  • better connect people in remote Australia to employment opportunities
  • strengthen remote communities with greater control, investment and a focus on local and culturally-appropriate services
  • enable more people in remote Australia to have greater choices for their employment pathways.

The CDP is designed to address the unique social and labour market conditions in remote Australia. Since 2015, it has supported more than 26,200 people in remote Australia into jobs.*

For more information:

Visit: www.pmc.gov.au/cdp

Enquires: CDP-Reforms@pmc.gov.au

*Current figure as at 31 July 2018