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Community Development Employment Program (CDEP)

What is the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) ?

The CDEP is a work experience and training program designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Taree CDEP is auspiced by the Purfleet-Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council.

The CDEP has 111 positions allocated by Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR)

Ongoing CDEP funding is not guaranteed. The PTLALC, along with any other interested organizations, must submits a tender to DEWR for CDEP funding for each financial year (July-June).

More than half our CDEP participants are hosted to local business houses and organisations in the Taree area.

The rest of the CDEP participants are employed on community activities at Purfleet such as lawn mowing, building and maintenance, bush regeneration, bush furniture, firewood, sewing and managing the bush foods plant nursery.


Would you like to work for the

Community Development Employment Program (CDEP)?


   If your answer is “yes” then you will:


  • Generally need to be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

  • Need to be at least fifteen years and nine months old.

  • Need to be eligible for Newstart or Youth Allowance with Centrelink.

  • Need to complete an Application Form and attend an interview.

  • Be expected to work for fourteen hours each week.

  • Receive at least $212 per week plus holiday pay and sick pay.

  • Work for a Host Employer or on Community Activities .

  • Receive “on the job” and “off the job” training.

  • Be assisted with finding full time employment.

  • Be making a worthwhile contribution to your community.

To apply to join the CDEP call the Lands Council on 6552 4106 or email c.sheed@ptlalc.com.au

If you want to be a Host Employer with our CDEP Click here.

CDEP Code of Practice


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