The Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) provides a jobs, participation and community-development service in 60 remote regions across Australia. The program supports people to build their skills and get a job or to participate to their capacity in activities that contribute to the strength and sustainability of communities. It also helps remote-area employers to meet their workforce needs and supports communities in remote Australia to plan and build a better future.
A single service provider with a permanent presence in each remote region delivers the RJCP on behalf of the Australian Government. On 18 September 2013, responsibility for this program was transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The design of the RJCP reflects the Government’s view that everyone who can work should work. Remote job seekers, including those on Communities Development Education Program (CDEP) wages, are given the personalised support they need to take up opportunities. Those who cannot get a job participate in meaningful activities that contribute to their communities as well as making them more work ready.
Key features of the program are:
- Employment and participation activities, including personalised support for job seekers;
- The Remote Youth Leadership and Development Corps (Youth Corps) to help young people move successfully from school to work;
- Providers and communities working together through the development of Community Action Plans to identify the strategies and resources needed to overcome barriers to employment and participation; and
- The Community Development Fund to help communities build strong social and economic foundations.