Appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Community Development Program (CDP)

14 December 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-695-9

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 14KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (PDF 9KB)
List of Recommendations (PDF 41KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 31KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Related inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Consultation and the policy development process (PDF 244KB)

What is the CDP?
Policy process leading to the design of the CDP
Developments since the implementation of CDP
Committee view

Chapter 3 - Nature and underlying causes of joblessness in remote communities (PDF 245KB)

Younger age profile
Educational attainment
Lack of labour market economy
Cultural and family obligations
Reluctance of some businesses to employ Indigenous people or employ locally
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Impacts of CDP on communities and individuals (PDF 277KB)

Financial penalties
Reduced pay and conditions
Limited ability to engage with external bureaucracy
Social dislocation in remote communities
Labour market issues
The nature of work-like activities
Limited ability for the bureaucracy to engage with participants
Committee view

Chapter 5 - Impacts of CDP on providers (PDF 118KB)

Misaligned incentives for providers
Limited local decision-making
Difficulty in assessing employment outcomes
Impediments to employment
Uncertainty about the future
Committee view

Chapter 6 - Alternative approaches to CDP (PDF 179KB)

Framework for reforming CDP
Positive elements of CDEP
Alternative approaches to joblessness and community development
Committee view

Chapter 7 - Conclusions and recommendations (PDF 64KB)

Transition to the new program
Financial penalties
Development of the new program

Government senators' dissenting report (PDF 85KB)

CDP creating real jobs in remote communities
Building on the success of CDP
Consultation during the development and implementation of the CDP
Activity attendance requirements
Conclusion and recommendations

Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the committee (PDF 24KB)

Additional Information
Tabled Documents
Answers to Questions taken on Notice

Appendix 2 (PDF 20KB)
Appendix 3 - Summary of committee site visits related to the inquiry (PDF 5458KB)

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