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Lisa Fowkes

Document: Topical Issue


The Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote-area Work for the Dole scheme that principally affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The program is billed by  the government as 'helping people find work, and allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills while looking for work.' But there is mounting evidence that CDP is creating significant hardship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, leading to increasing pressure for the scheme to be scrapped or radically overhauled.

Document: Working Paper

CAEPR Working Paper 108/2016 described the number and pattern of social security penalties being applied to jobseekers participating in the Remote Jobs and Communities Program. The paper argued that more onerous requirements of jobseekers in the remote areas covered by that scheme was a major driver of their being overrepresented among those being penalised across the social security system.

Document: Working Paper

In July 2013, a new Australian Government-funded labour market  program was implemented across remote Australia: the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP). The program (now renamed and restructured as the Community Development Programme - CDP) had a case load of around 36 000 people, of whom about 85% were Indigenous. Most people in the program were required to participate in activities as a condition of receiving income support and were subject to the Job Seeker Compliance Framework, which sets out financial penalties and safeguards for those who fail to comply.

Document: CAEPR Seminar

The Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) began in July 2013 as a new single-provider, integrated approach to Commonwealth-funded employment and community participation services in remote areas. While not an Indigenous-specific program, the clientele of RJCP was anticipated to be predominantly Indigenous and Indigenous organisations were encouraged to apply for provider contracts, if not solely then in partnership with other organisations.

Document: Working Paper

On 1 July 2013, a new labour market and community participation program-the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP)-started operating across remote Australia. It replaced several other programs, most importantly Job Services Australia (JSA) and the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme. JSA has in recent years been Australia's principal 'mainstream' labour market program in which all unemployment payment recipients in Australia who are able to work are expected to participate.

Document: Staff Profile

Lisa has spent over a decade working in employment services, including as CEO of a large non profit employment services provider with operations across urban, regional and remote Australia. Most recently she has worked as a consultant in non profit management and policy.

Thesis Topic

Implementing the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (ARC Linkage project of Industry Partner, Jobs Australia).

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Dr Will Sanders

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