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Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP)

CDEP is a Federal government program which began in 1976 as a response to remote Aboriginal communities' requests for local employment to be created.

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 organisations. Participation in the scheme is considered as engagement in paid employment and participants are classified as employed.

The standard Census form was not designed to collect information about CDEP participation. Therefore the Census data on CDEP only reflects information collected on Interviewer Household Forms (IHF) which were used in discrete Indigenous communities. IHF's were used in remote communities and some non-remote communities.

There were approximately 14,200 Indigenous CDEP participants identified in the 2006 Census. Of these, the majority were in Very Remote areas (76%) and a further 14% were in remote areas.

Further Information: See Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)

Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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