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Participants in the Federal Government’s Community Development Program (CDP) don't receive superannuation or other employment protections while they are employed in the program.
WHAT IS CDP?
The Community Development Program is a work-for-the-dole program that operates across regional Australia.
CDP requires participants to work up to 20 hours per week, without receiving superannuation on their pay.
Other Australians working in non-CDP jobs doing similar work in the same communities do receive superannuation and are building their retirement nest eggs.
WHO IS AFFECTED?
More than 80% of CDP participants identify as Indigenous.
The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is already among the most disadvantaged people in Australia.
A 2012 study found Indigenous men have an average super balance just half that of non-indigenous men. Similarly, the average super balance of Indigenous women is more than a third less than non-indigenous women.
HOW WILL THEY BE AFFECTED?
Without super, CDP participants will have to rely on the age pension in retirement, leaving them very close to the poverty line.
If CDP jobs were replaced with real jobs, with proper entitlements, participants would end up with around $79,745 more in retirement.¹
Every year the total amount of super lost to CDP participants is around $67M.²
¹ Calculated at an 18 year old commencing employment today at minimum wage of $19.49 per hour.
² Calculated at a rate of $1,925.64 per annuum.
First Australians, like all Australians, should have access to jobs at Award rates of pay, with employment protections and superannuation on every dollar.