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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 (NIAA). CDP aims to support job seekers in remote Australia to:  

  • build skills  
  • address barriers to employment  
  • contribute to their communities through activities and training. 

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitment to replace CDP with a new program with real jobs, proper wages and decent conditions – developed in partnership with First Nations people. As a first step towards a new program, on 31 August 2022 the Minister for Indigenous Australians the Hon Linda Burney MP hosted the Remote Employment Roundtable. At the Roundtable, the Minister announced that CDP providers can use 25% of their funding to trial new approaches to securing real jobs. A summary of approved trials is available. 

The first phase of these trials finished on 30 June 2023. A second phase has commenced to build on the success of the initial trials and further test innovative approaches to remote employment. CDP Providers are working with remote communities to put in place projects that:  

  • help move participants into real jobs 
  • capture learnings and insights 
  • further strengthen community-led approaches. 

Information on the development of a new program can be found on the new remote jobs program page. 

Further information on the remote job trials is available here.  

Where CDP operates 

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

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

To find a provider in your local area, use the provider search tool on the Workforce Australia site.  

CDP participants 

CDP participants receive personalised assistance from their service provider to build skills and get a job. Some of the activities available for CDP participants include:  

  • Formal training, with the opportunity to gain qualifications.  
  • Foundational skills training, including language, literacy and numeracy.  
  • Driver’s training. 

More information 

  • For enquiries about the CDP in your region, contact your local provider or the NIAA Regional Offices
  • You can contact the Job Seeker Hotline on 13 62 68 for general information on employment services and the CDP. 
  • Workforce Australia is the  main employment services program that operates non-remote Australia. For information about Workforce Australia, contact the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, National Customer Service Line (NCSL) on 1800 805 260. 
  • Send complaints to complaints@niaa.gov.au