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FAIR WORK AND STRONG COMMUNITIES ALLIANCE

FAIR WORK AND STRONG COMMUNITIES ALLIANCE AT A GLANCE

Who we are

The Fair Work and Strong Communities Alliance has come together to advocate for an alternative to the current Commonwealth remote employment program (called the CDP).

Together, we have developed an alternative model which would create more jobs in remote communities, reduce poverty, and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make decisions for their own communities.

The Fair Work and Strong Communities Alliance

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT)

Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA)

Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation 

Bynoe Community Advancement Co-operative Society Limited 

Central Desert Regional Council

Central Land Council 

Centre for Appropriate Technology

East Arnhem Regional Council

East Kimberley Job Pathways

First Nations Network on Disability

Human Rights Law Centre 

Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation

Jobs Australia 

Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation 

Kalano Community Association 

Kullari Regional Communities Inc

Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation 

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

National Social Security Rights Network (NSSRN)

Ngaanyatjarra Pitantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council 

Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)

Northern Land Council 

Northern Territory Council of Social Services (NTCOSS)

Oak Valley Aboriginal Corporation and Maralinga Tjaruta Inc

 Scotdesco Aboriginal Corporation

Tangentyere Council Incorporated 

Thamarrurr Development Corporation Limited 

Tiwi Land Council

Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board 

West Arnhem Regional Council

RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

REMOTE DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT SCHEME PROPOSAL

The Fair Work and Strong Communities has a comprehensive proposal for an alternative to CDP.  You can find out more here:

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

The CDP imposes more onerous obligations on unemployed people in remote communities (most of whom are Indigenous) than any other Australians. Thousands of people are being penalised as a result.

The program is top down and punitive.

In 2017 a Senate Committee recommended a complete overhaul of the scheme.

ARE YOU A CDP WORKER?

Consider joining the First Nations Workers Alliance. This is a group of CDP workers and supporting unions that are campaigning for fair working conditions for CDP workers. More information here.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?

In the 2018 Budget the Government announced some changes to the CDP. For the most part, these would make things worse for remote communities.

The worst thing about the changes is that they will make penalties even harsher. See a brief summary here.

You can find a comparison of the current CDP, the proposed reforms, and our proposal, here.

CONTACT FAIR WORK AND STRONG COMMUNITIES ALLIANCE

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