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Community Development Program

The Federal Government has reformed remote employment services to better reflect the aspirations of people in remote Australia. The focus of the program is to provide practical outcomes and assist community members to help themselves. Flexible and focused on local decision making and local solutions, the Community Development Program (CDP) is an essential part of the Federal Government’s agenda for increasing employment and breaking the cycle of welfare dependency in remote areas of Australia.

The revised CDP commenced on 1 July 2015; managed by the Federal Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) with responsibility for funding, managing, and monitoring Remote Jobs Community Program (RJCP) Funding Agreements.

 The CDP is delivered nationally in 60 regions covering more than 1,000 communities with the CDP provider providing a single point of contact for job seekers and employers in each CDP region. Sub-contracting IS Australia, VDRC is contracted to provide services across Region 32, the Victoria River Region, the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018.

With four (4) fulltime offices at Kalkarindji, Lajamanu, Yarralin and Timber Creek, the CDP has an active caseload of 530 job seekers spread across Council communities. Twenty (20) Work for the Dole (WfD) activities are operating across the region with some significant achievements being realised.

 

Two performance reviews occurred over the financial year. With a significant change to the performance framework announced in October 2016, focus and weightings changed to Work for the Dole and attendance. Fourteen (14) targets became nine (9) and KPI weighting changed. Performance targets in KPI 2 changed considerably, refocusing on consultation about WfD activities and real, actual attendance.

Table 1 Comparison of Performance Period Review (PPR ) one (1) to three (3)

KPI 1
Delivery of Service in accordance with the Funding Agreement

PPR1 score and rating

July 2015 to December 2015
2.83 – Needs to Improve

PPR2 score and rating

January 2016 to June 2016
3.33 – Good

PPR 3 score and rating

July 2016 to March 2017
3.25 Good

KPI 2
Availability, attendance and appropriateness of Activities for Work for the Dole (WfD) participants

PPR1 score and rating

July 2015 to December 2015
3.00 – Good

PPR2 score and rating

January 2016 to June 2016
2.50 – Needs to Improve

PPR 3 score and rating

July 2016 to March 2017
2.44 Needs to improve

KPI 3
Achievement of Your Regional Employment Target

PPR1 score and rating

July 2015 to December 2015
4 – Excellent (measured on job placements)

PPR2 score and rating

January 2016 to June 2016
1 – Unsatisfactory
(measured on number of 26 week outcomes achieved)

PPR 3 score and rating

July 2016 to March 2017
2.23 – Needs to Improve

Overall
result

 

PPR1 score and rating

July 2015 to December 2015
3.30 – Good

PPR2 score and rating

January 2016 to June 2016
2.23 – Need to Improve

PPR 3 score and rating

July 2016 to March 2017
3.25 Good

Over the financial year, the CDP referred 178 job seekers to job opportunities and placed 146 into employment. Of those placed into employment, 65 job seekers remained in employment for 13 weeks and 48 job seekers remained in employment for 26 weeks.

Staffing of the CDP has remained stable throughout the year with an increase in Indigenous staff to 60%.

Other People services

Aged Care, Home Support and Disability Services

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Child Care

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Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services

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Remote School Attendance Strategy

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Address

PO Box 19, Katherine NT 0851
29 Crawford Street,
Katherine East NT 0850

Contact us

P: (08) 8972 0777
F: (08) 8971 0856
E: admin@vicdaly.nt.gov.au