Consultation Paper - Changes to the Community Development Programme
On 2 December 2015, the Government introduced the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015 (the CDP Bill) into the Parliament. The CDP Bill establishes a more direct and immediate income support payment and compliance regime and stronger incentives to work for remote job seekers.
The CDP Bill builds on the current Community Development Programme (CDP), introduced on 1 July 2015. The CDP aims to assist people to gain the skills, experience and commitment necessary to find paid work where it exists, and in the absence of work enables people to participate in continuous CDP activities intended to benefit both individuals themselves and their community.
Although steady progress has been made in the first six months of the CDP to reduce welfare dependency in remote communities, current incentives need to be stronger to encourage people to be active in their communities and to take up opportunities to work.
To address this, the CDP Bill creates a framework for new and simpler income support payments and compliance arrangements for individuals living in remote Australia who are eligible for activity tested income support payments. It also provides additional incentives to work by increasing the amount an individual can earn before their income support payment starts to reduce under the income test.