RJCP

Ngurratjuta currently holds the contract for the Remote Jobs and Communities program in the region.

Here is some information from the Australian Government’s website about the RJCP program:

About the RJCP
From 1 July 2013, this new program integrates employment and community-development services in 60 remote regions, for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The four main programs that have delivered employment, participation and community-development services in remote Australia have transitioned into the new integrated service — Job Services Australia, Disability Employment Services, Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) and the Indigenous Employment Program.

Under the RJCP, there is a single provider in each region. The provider will work with individuals, communities and local employers to help more people into jobs and build stronger communities. The program is for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous job seekers in remote Australia. As around 85 per cent of job seekers and communities in these areas are Indigenous people, the RJCP is an important part of the Government’s agenda for Closing the Gap.

The new program is managed jointly by FaHCSIA and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

FaHCSIA administers the:

Community Action Plans
Community Development Fund
Payment of CDEP wages to 30 June 2017
In the transition period, the Department is also working with CDEP organisations to resolve the issue of assets purchased under the CDEP program.

Consultation
The RJCP is based on wide consultation in remote Australia beginning in 2011. After the announcement of the RJCP in April 2012, around 100 information and consultation sessions on the RJCP were held across Australia during May to September 2012. The sessions provided communities, providers, employers and others with information on the new program and an opportunity to discuss how it may work in different locations.

FaHCSIA also consulted on the draft guidelines for Community Action Plans and the Community Development Fund during March 2013. Answers to questions raised during the consultation period can be found here:

FAQs – Consultation on draft Community Action Plan and Community Development Fund guidelines.
Final guidelines for both Community Action Plans are provided below. Guidelines for any current rounds for the Community Development Fund can be found on the Grants & Funding page.

Selection of RJCP providers
From 2 October to 28 November 2012 the Australian Government opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for organisations to apply to deliver RJCP services. Further information sessions were held for potential providers.

Successful providers were announced from late April 2013. A list can be found on the DEEWR website

Capacity strengthening and support services
To support the new RJCP, the Australian Government has been providing capacity strengthening and support services to assist potential providers to deliver the RJCP. Program guidelines and other information about capacity strengthening can be found on the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program page.

Community Action Plans
Each RJCP region must have a Community Action Plan (CAP) that includes all communities within a region. RJCP providers will work with communities and other stakeholders to develop the CAP. Through the CAPs, communities have a central role and a strong voice in setting out a strategic vision for each region.

The CAP Guidelines provide direction on the content, timing, process and assessment of CAPs, as well as a template to assist RJCP providers in CAP development.

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