Strengthening Indigenous Communities - Improving Indigenous Health Worker Employment

A new Budget measure will provide for 130 Community Development Employment Programme places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in Indigenous health services.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is it important?

  • Around 130 Indigenous Australians performing health worker duties in community-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care and substance use services are currently paid with Community Development Employment Programme (CDEP) subsidies. This measure will recognise the role of these positions in providing health services and normalise employment arrangements.

Who will benefit?

  • Indigenous health services will be helped to attract and retain Indigenous staff and help them develop career pathways.
  • It is estimated that the average salary of these workers could more than double in some cases. The additional disposable income will provide flow-on benefits to the local community.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed new funding of $20.5 million over the next four years for 130 CDEP places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in Indigenous health services.

What have we done in the past?

  • These positions have been funded under CDEP. This measure addresses the issue of cross-subsidisation of other government programmes by CDEP.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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