Changes to the Community Development Program (CDP) have started

If you take part in the CDP, these changes may affect you.

From 1 March 2019, the most you may have to do is 20 hours of CDP activities per week. This is a change from 25 hours per week. 

If there’s a change to your participation hours, your CDP provider will tell you. If they change, it won’t affect your payment.

They’ll update your Job Plan or Participation Plan to show the change.

Ask about flexible hours

Flexible hours are now available to help you balance your community and family life with your CDP activities.

Ask your CDP provider about flexible hours to find out if you’re eligible.

If they agree, you can do your CDP activities over different days and hours that suit your situation.

Report your income

Don’t forget to report your income to us every 2 weeks, including any income your partner gets. If you don’t, we may not pay you. If you report after your reporting date, your payment will be late.

Tell us if anything changes

It’s important to let us know if your circumstances change. This includes:

  • moving to a new address
  • changes to your bank details
  • changes in your relationship
  • changes to the children in your care.

If your circumstances change and you don’t tell us, you may get paid the wrong amount. If you’re paid too much, you may have to pay it back.

Next steps

Talk to your CDP provider first to find out more about the changes.

You can also call the Centrelink Indigenous Call Centre.

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Page last updated: 14 March 2019

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