Scullion visits Marra Worra Worra

Indigenous Affairs minister Nigel Scullion stopped in at Marra Worra recently to touch base and give us a rundown of where he sees Aboriginal affairs over the next few years.

He met with senior staff and the Marra Worra Worra board and outlined the latest changes to CDP and how it would affect those on the ground.

Senator Scullion said he believed the change, which would be called CDP2, would make the program more effective through a process of “No show No Pay”.

The new policy would, he said, address the stigma attached to dole money and the unwillingness of some to work for the dole. The changes mean that Centrelink would be removed from the payment process, and that Marra Worra Worra would make payments to people “on the ground”.

The senator said the latest system would allow individuals to better manage their finances.  The plan also increased the amount of payment to those keen on part-time or casual work as an incentive to get them back to work. Some incentives to get part-time or casual work would see income thresholds jump from $102 fortnight to $650 a week.

Marra Worra Worra was one of four service providers across the country that had been chosen to pilot these changes at the second half of this year, said Senator Scullion.

Marra Worra Worra would be able to take part in the new system if Work for Dole participants showed up and engaged in activities, but if they didn’t, the current system would remain in place “for some time”.

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