No Show No Pay Penalties Hit Record High in CDP

No Show No Pay Penalties Hit Record High in CDP

The number of No Show No Pay Penalties applied to participants has hit a record high in the Community Development Program (CDP), according to the latest quarterly data on penalties applied to people on income support released by the Department of Employment.  

Each no-show no pay penalty is equal to 1/10th of a participant’s fortnightly income support income, which is not back paid when a participant re-engages.

As reported by ANU Research Scholar Lisa Fowkes: 

46,090 ‘No Show No Pay’ Penalties for non-attendance at activities were applied to CDP participants in the quarter ending March 2017. This is the highest for any quarter since the beginning of the CDP scheme…  while 26,021 of these penalties were applied to their counterparts in jobactive.

Overall there were 53,748 penalties applied to CDP participants in the March quarter, compared to 42,654 in jobactive.  This is despite the fact that job active has more than 20 times the number of participants than CDP.

Lisa Fowkes points out that the latest surge in penalties appears to contradict Government claims that there has been a ‘transformative change’ in Work for the Dole attendance.  To see Lisa’s analysis, see the attachment below.

The latest data provides further evidence that CDP is doing more harm than good in remote Australia. To see Jobs Australia’s submission to the current Senate Inquiry into CDP, click here.

The Inquiry has just announced it will be conducting some public hearings in August and September:



23rd of August 2017

Kalgoorlie, WA

28 August 2017

Alice Springs, NT

8th September 2017

Canberra, ACT

A fourth public hearing is planned for Queensland, but the date and location have not yet been determined. To stay up-to-date with the upcoming hearings, click here.