The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Scheme: a case of welfare colonialism

The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Scheme: a case of welfare colonialism Journal Article

Australian Aboriginal Studies

  • Author(s): Bernardi, G.
  • Published: 1997
  • Volume: 1997

Abstract: The underlying aim behind the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme is the reduction of Aboriginal unemployment by replacing the welfare nexus between the Department of Social Security (DSS) and the Indigenous individual recipient, with a welfare nexus between the individual and the Aboriginal community. The mechanism by which this is achieved is simple: ATSIC (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission) provides the local community with a block grant which is notionally or roughly equivalent to the unemployment-related social security entitlements of participating community members. Additional sums are calibrated into the equation to account for administrative and capital costs. within this structure, it is the responsibility of the participating Aboriginal community to both create 'work' programs and monitor the scheme's daily operations.

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Bernardi, G., 1997, The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Scheme: a case of welfare colonialism, Volume:1997, Journal Article, viewed 15 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4345.

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