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EMPOWERING CDEPS

EMPOWERING CDEPS “Self-Empowerment is giving Aboriginal people control of their own destiny, and giving them the economic independence to be able to achieve that.” Senator Heron, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, 17/11/96 “The only solution for Aboriginal people is  the quality … Continue reading

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CONTENTS

EMPOWERING CDEPS CONTENTS Part One: Basic Principles Background Brief History Funding Administrative Tasks and Financial Commitments Expenditure Requirements Reporting Requirements Cost of CDEPs to Taxpayers Break-even Point Urban CDEPs Creative Work Personal & Community Benefits of CDEP Part Two: FUNDING … Continue reading

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Introduction

Introduction The Election of the Howard Coalition Government marked a watershed for Aborigines. The Aboriginal Affairs minister has asserted that Aboriginal self-empowerment must come through economic independence. The new ATSIC Chairperson is, amongst other significant achievements, a highly successful businessman. … Continue reading

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Basic Principles

Part One: Basic Principles 1. Background CDEP is a low-cost, part-time, labour-intensive, multi-purpose work scheme designed to empower selected Aboriginal communities and their participants. According to the ATSIC Annual Report (1993-94), the objectives of CDEP are to provide employment opportunities … Continue reading

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FUNDING ISSUES

Part Two: FUNDING ISSUES The Dept. of Finance controls levels of ATSIC funding to the CDEP program. Dept. of Finance determines the per participant Weekly Wage allocations, Recurrent proportions, and the level of Capital to the program. Dept. of Finance … Continue reading

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CDEP Performance Issues

Part Three: CDEP Performance  Issues CDEP, which is ATSIC’s largest funding program, has come under considerable criticism over recent years, resulting in a number of measures aimed at effecting improvements. These include: conducting reviews of individual CDEPs; a national review … Continue reading

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AREAS WHERE ATSIC MAY ASSIST

Part Four: AREAS WHERE ATSIC MAY ASSIST 1. Guiding CDEP Organisations to secure Sales Tax Exemption Sales Tax adds, typically, an extra 22%, onto the price of many items to be purchased. This means that an organisation which has been … Continue reading

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SUMMARY and Conclusions

Part Five: SUMMARY and Conclusions Basic Design CDEP, in its basic design, is a simple, elegant and exceedingly low-cost work scheme that has the potential to uplift and transform Aboriginal Communities throughout Australia. Many CDEPs are highly successful, confirming that … Continue reading

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