Work for the dole


14 Feb 2019

This report is the result of the Inquiry into the appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Australian public employment service, jobactive.


5 Feb 2019

This evaluation report draws on administrative data to examine participation and employment outcomes over the first two years of the Community Development Programme.


5 Feb 2019

This is a brief summary of the Community Development Programme evaluation, drawing on the community fieldwork and administrative data evaluation reports.


Summary report of community voices and stakeholder perspectives from eight communities
5 Feb 2019

This evaluation report presents community views on the Community Development Programme (CDP) based on surveys with community members, CDP providers and stakeholders across eight remote communities.


8 Nov 2018

The Australian government welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee’s (the Committee) report Appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Community Development Program (CDP) .


2 May 2018

The Community Development Program (CDP) is remote Australia’s Work for the Dole (WFD) and 'job assistance' scheme. The CDP has been criticised by civil society groups, Indigenous groups, academics and even police, with allegations that it pays below minimum wage and its penalty system is...


14 Dec 2017

This report recommends that the Australian government immediately replace the current CDP compliance and penalty regime with obligations that are no more onerous than those of other income support recipients.


31 Aug 2016

The current safety net is outdated. It was designed for an economy with one type of job in mind – full-time, 9-to-5 employment – and with high barriers to employment, such as interviews and résumés. But the economy is changing, with new technologies that seamlessly...

Audio interview


1 Jul 2016

There are calls for whichever party wins the weekend's election to take a good look at the work for the dole scheme operating in remote Australia. Service providers continue to raise concerns about the scheme. They're now worried Indigenous people are leaving remote communities to...

Working paper

2 May 2016

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...

Blog post

There have been reports that the Government was considering winding up the Work for the Dole program as part of this year’s Budget. However, in a subsequent media release, Federal Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash, stated that the gGovernment will not be abolishing Work for the...



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