Policy Matters and Program Directions
1. Remote Participation and Employment Services Review progress
- The Government is considering its approach to CDEP wages.
- The new remote participation and employment services model will be put in place after 30th June 2013.
Sector Development Initiatives
2. CDEP resource units (CDEPRUs)
- The CDEPRU moodle site is an information sharing platform which gives all providers free access to CDEP specific resources, including the ‘Getting There’ resource which contains prevocational materials. The CCG noted that providers can adapt resources on moodle for their own communities.
- The CDEPRU will provide support to providers on how to use these resources.
3. Indigenous Economic Development Opportunities
- The Indigenous Economic Development Strategy 2011-2018 (IEDS) sets out a long term agenda for Indigenous economic participation with an emphasis on partnerships. There are opportunities for CDEP providers in this strategy.
- The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Australian Government and Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) sets priorities including the following: jobs and training, an LLN pilot program, establishment of a NT Mining Academy and drivers licence development. The CCG noted that these were priorities for CDEP providers and there may be local opportunities for partnership between providers and the MCA.
- A National Facilitator and Local Coordinators have been appointed to progress this partnership. These Local Coordinators may be critical contact points for CDEP providers to identify employment, training and economic development opportunities for local communities.
4. Carbon Farming Opportunities
- The Government’s initiatives in establishing a clean energy future for Australia encompasses: carbon pricing, renewable energy, energy efficiency and land use. The CCG endorsed these opportunities and highlighted that CDEP providers need to be aware of these opportunities.
- The Carbon Farming Initiative is a carbon off-sets scheme that provides new economic opportunities for Indigenous landholders through carbon reduction activities where landholders can receive carbon credits for activities that increase the carbon stored in soils and vegetation, minimise or avoid emissions. People and businesses will then buy carbon credits to offset their emissions. More information is available at: www.climatechange.gov.au/cfi.
- Extension of funding
Extension of contracts has been approved for negotiation with all providers. The Department advised that Community Action Plans remain important and can be updated at any time.
- Proof of Identity challenges
Centrelink advises that where possible the normal 100 point proof of identity be used, but where this is not possible, a sign off from an Elder or leader will be accepted. Information can be found at: http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/forms/indigenous_poi.htm
- Driver Licence challenges
The CCG discussed the lack of driver licences to be a barrier to employment for many Indigenous people in remote locations. The Department will keep the CCG informed about State and Territory strategies where appropriate.
- Staff safety and compliance
The CCG discussed safety of CDEP provider staff related to participation compliance. The Department encourages providers to discuss problems and possible training and/or infrastructure solutions with their local contract manager.
- National Data Trends
National data trends have early indications that participation has improved in the grandfathered cohort since the Government’s decision to extend CDEP wages. Refer to Attachment A: National Data Trends as of 31 January 2012.
Summary: Point in Time Key National CDEP Program Performance Trends as of January 2012
- On 31 January 2012 there were 10,913 participants active in the CDEP program
- 38.7% of all participants in the program on 31 January 2012 were Wages Eligible (i.e. 4,220)
- On 31 January 2012, 27.0% of all CDEP participants were active in the Work Readiness Stream and 73.0 % were active in the Community Development Stream
- The average utilisation rate of the CDEP program monitored across the last financial year (2010-11) was 69.6% and at 31 January 2012 the point in time utilisation was 75.3%
- Over the financial year 2011-2012 (up to 31 January 2012) 1,021 CDEP participants had been placed in off-CDEP employment and 1,538 CDEP participants had commenced in training
- On 31 January 2012 there were 1,488 participants in non-accredited training