On 1 July 2009 the Australian Government began reforms to employment services for Indigenous Australians, including a reformed Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Program.
The former Government had started to phase out CDEP in the Northern Territory as part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). The current Government stopped this process and reinstated CDEP in some communities, pending launch of the reformed program.
The reform of CDEP is part of an integrated approach to Indigenous employment services that commenced with the introduction of the new national Job Services Australia on 1 July.
The reforms will see CDEP and the Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) working in partnership with Job Services Australia to provide greater support to Indigenous Australians in finding sustainable employment. The Government recognises that employment-support needs are often different between remote and non-remote Australia and that solutions must be adapted to local needs and to local economies. To meet these needs, the reformed CDEP program continues to operate in communities where there are limited economic opportunities, including many communities in the Northern Territory, but has ceased in areas with established economies.
More information on the CDEP reforms is available on the FaHCSIA website.