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Indigenous small enterprise and the Community Development Employment Projects Scheme

  • Year: 2000
  • Author: Fuller, Don; Howard, Myles; Cummings, Eileen; Holmes, Scott
  • Country: Australia

The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program is one of largest schemes implemented in Australia to address the economic and social situation of Indigenous Australians. In 1997/98, the federal government spent over $374 million on the scheme and more than 30,000 Indigenous people were involved in CDEP projects - more than one-third of the Indigenous work force. This paper reviews the literature on the performance of the scheme, and includes sections on: Major positions on the utility of CDEP; Statistical versus qualitative studies; Evidence from small regions within the north of Australia; The aggregate employment effect of CDEP; The performance of CDEP in urban centres and remote regions; CDEP and indigenous people not in the labour force; and Gender balance and participation in CDEP.

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