Braithwaite Fellow Seminar: Decolonising regulation - a critical analysis of the Community Development Program

Greg Johns, Guardian Figures, 2003

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 07 June 2016


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Shelley Bielefeld


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

The Community Development Program (CDP) requires welfare recipients living in remote communities aged between 18 and 49 years to undertake work for the dole obligations for up to 25 hours a week in order to access a social security payment. Although CDP is not expressly a race-based measure it has a disproportionate impact upon Indigenous peoples, who comprise 84 per cent of CDP participants.

In this inaugural Braithwaite Fellow seminar, government proposals for reform of CDP will be analysed through the lenses of responsive regulation and critical Indigenous theory. CDP reform proposals are heavily oriented towards penalties, which a recent CDP government consultation paper describes as ‘responsive’.

This paper will explore what greater responsivity might actually require, taking into consideration social justice principles, the historical context of colonialism, and the importance of self-determination for Indigenous communities.

About the Speaker

Dr Shelley Bielefeld is the inaugural Braithwaite Fellow in RegNet. She has expertise in social justice issues affecting Australia’s First Peoples. Her publications and policy submissions focus on the impact of welfare law, land rights, criminal justice and constitutional issues pertaining to Australia’s First Peoples.

At RegNet she is undertaking scholarship on the interaction between the regulatory state and Indigenous peoples in the area of welfare reform. For more detail, visit her RegNet profile.

About the Braithwaite Fellowship

The Braithwaite Fellowship was established in honour of RegNet founders, Professors John and Valerie Braithwaite. The Fellowship is awarded to a rising star in the area of governance and regulation. The inaugural Fellowship was awarded to Dr Shelley Bielefeld in 2015.

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