Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP)
Participation in CDEP is asked as a separate question only on the Interviewer household forms. CDEP participation is not applicable to people enumerated on mainstream forms.
The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme was developed in 1976 as a response to remote Aboriginal communities' requests for local employment to be created, with a particular focus on community development. The CDEP enables members of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities to exchange unemployment benefits for opportunities to undertake work and training in activities which are managed by a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community organisation.
In 1985 CDEP was expanded to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities living in rural and urban areas. CDEP is funded and supported by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR).
CDEP participants are included in the employed category of the Labour Force Status (LFS06P) classification.
For the 2006 Census, there is a new variable called Community Development Employment Projects Participation (CDEP). In 2001, these data were collected under the category Community Development Employment Program in the variable Industry Sector (which is now called Government/Non-government Employer Indicator).
See also Employment Type (EMTP), Indigenous Status (INGP), Labour Force Status (LFS06P).