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Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 01 July, 2006

Media Release

CDEP Capacity Building Strategy

Kevin Andrews, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, today officially launched a guide for

Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) organisations to improve their capacity to lead, govern

and manage their business to deliver outcomes for Indigenous people.

The booklet A Guide to Developing Capacity Building Plans 2006-07 has been produced to assist organisations

to develop and manage Capacity Building Plans which are a requirement for all organisations delivering the

CDEP programme in 2006-07.

"Good governance has been identified by a number of Indigenous leaders as a key aspect in improving

Indigenous communities and corporate governance is essential to support service delivery for Indigenous

Australians. Capacity building will lead to skills transfer to local people that is all too often missing in Indigenous

communities," said Minister Andrews.

"Capacity Building Plans provide a structure to enable organisations delivering the CDEP programme to identify

areas for improvement and actions to address those issues.

"Key capacity implementation goals include the delivery of training and mentoring in governance,

administration and financial management; planning for local Indigenous people to be employed by the

organisation; making organisational policies and procedures more effective; establishment of business

development links; improved financial reporting to the Board; enforcement of the no work-no pay rule; and

reduction in non-Indigenous participant numbers.

"The booklet along with assistance from DEWR staff to develop and implement Capacity Building Plans will

contribute to the ongoing improvement in service delivery in CDEP organisations," said Minister Andrews.

DEWR officials will also conduct regular monitoring and risk assessments of CDEP organisations both to

identify capacity building issues and check if Capacity Building Plans are being implemented.

A Guide to Developing Capacity Building Plans 2006-07 has been distributed to all CDEP organisations and is

available on

For further information contact:

Kate Walshe 0421 588 794