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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Community Development Program (CDP) update

CDP Regions have generally resumed full servicing arrangements. This means CDP providers are delivering face-to-face appointments and services to job seekers consistent with advice of health authorities and any state, territory or local community travel restrictions. On 11 May 2021, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP announced a new remote engagement program that will replace the CDP in 2023.

Visit Community Development Program for more information about the changes.

Information for CDP providers

CDP providers should stay up to date with the advice and directions of health authorities in the regions they service. Delivery of CDP services must continue to follow advice published by the Australian Government Department of Health, Safe Work Australia, and by relevant state or territory health authorities.

CDP providers should continue to work with job seekers, communities and local employers to review face-to-face activities and seek to develop new opportunities tailored to the community and local workforce needs.

If a job seeker is unwell or is required to self-isolate, providers should advise the jobseeker that they should seek medical advice and NOT attend any face-to-face servicing. Providers must not take compliance action.

Information for CDP job seekers

From 12 May 2021, job seekers will be able to participate in activities on voluntary basis, but will continue to have some compulsory requirements, such as attending appointments with service providers or looking for work.

Under the new arrangements, job seekers can volunteer to take part in activities but will still be required to meet their mutual obligations by:

  • agreeing to a job plan
  • attending regular appointments and job interviews
  • meeting job search requirements
  • accepting suitable paid work when it is offered
  • not voluntarily leave suitable employment

CDP job seekers will continue to be supported by their providers to find employment and work within their communities.

For more information contact your CDP provider.