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The Community Development Program (CDP)

The Community Development Program (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service administered by the National Indigenous Australians Agency. CDP supports job seekers in remote Australia to build skills, address barriers to employment and contribute to their communities through a range of flexible activities. It is designed around the unique social and labour market conditions in remote Australia.

The Australian Government has committed to replacing the Community Development Program with a new program developed in partnership with First Nations people. The new program will give communities more control to determine local projects and increase economic opportunities and jobs in remote areas.

Further information will become available in coming months, including how to participate in the design of the new program. In the meantime, CDP will continue.

1,000 Jobs Package

The 1,000 jobs package remains available to businesses and job seekers in remote Australia. The package increases employment opportunities in remote Australia for CDP participants.

An eligible employer could receive financial support for up $61,058.36 (GST Exclusive) over two years, including retention bonuses to help them hire a CDP participant in a new, ongoing job located in a CDP region. Further information, including application details, can be found on the 1,000 Jobs Package page and the GrantConnect website.

Where CDP operates

CDP covers 75 percent of Australia’s land mass including over 1,000 communities. The Program supports around approximately 40,000 people.

Local service providers deliver the Program and act as the single point of contact for job seekers, employers and host organisations in each community.

To find the contact details of the provider in your local area, you can use the provider search tools on Australian Government’s Workforce Australia site, which allows you to enter your town or postcode and filter results to show CDP Providers.

CDP participants

CDP participants receive personalised assistance from their service provider to help build their skills, get a job and participate to their maximum capacity. Some of the activities available for CDP participants include formal training, with the opportunity to gain qualifications, or foundational skills training, including language, literacy and numeracy and driver’s training.

More information

  • For enquires about the CDP in your region, contact your local provider or the NIAA Regional Offices.
  • You can contact the Job Seeker Hotline 13 62 68 for general information on employment services and the CDP.
  • The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, National Customer Service Line (NCSL)1800 805 260 can help with questions about Workforce Australia, the Government's employment services program that operates outside remote Australia.
  • Complaints can be sent to complaints@niaa.gov.au

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