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A new Remote Jobs and Economic Development Program

A new Remote Jobs and Economic Development Program

Indigenous Affairs Employment Community Development Program (CDP) Remote Employment
Wednesday, 14 February 2024

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Closing the Gap - Funding jobs that remote communities want

The Government has announced a new Remote Jobs and Economic Development Program (RJED) that will create 3,000 jobs in remote communities. 

The program will start in the second half of 2024, funding 3000 jobs over three years with proper wages and conditions – as part of replacing the Community Development Program (CDP).

It will support people in remote communities to move into employment by funding meaningful jobs that communities want, and be developed in partnership with First Nations people.

A Community Jobs and Business Fund will be an important element of the RJED program and responds to what communities have overwhelmingly asked for. 

As part of this fund, community-controlled organisations can identify projects the community needs and apply for funding of capital and equipment, strengthening local business and economic development.

The Government has committed $707 million to deliver this program as part of this year’s Closing the Gap Implementation Plan.

Read more about the RJED program at