Community Development Program
The Community Development Program (CDP) is a government program in remote Australia to support job seekers to build work ready skills, remove barriers of employment and contribute to their communities through a range of flexible activities. The Program is an essential part of the Government’s agenda to reduce unemployment and breaking the cycle of welfare dependency.
In the Oak Valley community, the CDP is divided into women’s and men’s activities to secure (culturally) appropriate spaces to develop new skills or advance existing skills.
- Art and craft projects
- Budgeting projects
- Community collaboration with other projects
- Work and life skills development projects
- Healthy lifestyle projects in partnership with the Health Service
The Women’s activities target the empowerment of women, expansion of work and life skills and securing a regular income. The Art Centre sells paintings, artefacts and jewellery made in Oak Valley.