The Past and Future of CDEP - The Past and Future of CDEP

Author/editor: Sanders, WG
Year published: 2004
Volume no.: 25
Issue no.: 12

Abstract

'Indigenous Centres in the policy margins: The CDEP scheme over 30 years' by Will Sanders.

A paper presented by Dr Will Sanders at the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) Annual Congress 2004, Alice Springs Convention Centre, 28-29 October 2004.

The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme grew out of marginal policy concerns within the Australian social security system, but over time became the largest single program in the Indigenous Affairs portfolio. With the demise of ATSIC, CDEP has been transferred to the Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio. Will this lead to a new marginalisation of the scheme, or will it continue as a policy centre in its own right?

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