Aged care staff, including PCs/AINs, RNs, and ENs, will be eligible to receive aged care worker retention bonus payment. In simple terms, the intention of the Government with this bonus payment was to encourage frontline care workers to stay working in aged care.
The payment will be made in two rounds, with the first payment expected in August and the second payment expected in October.
What is the aged care worker Retention Bonus Payment?
- In March 2020 the Federal Government committed to an aged care worker ‘Retention Bonus Payment’.
- It was designed to support the continuity of the direct care workforce by providing an additional payment to direct care workers to continue working in residential and home care.
- There will be two payments. The first one is expected in August and the second payment is expected in October. This in addition a staff member’s standard pay.
Who is eligible for the aged care worker Retention Bonus Payment?
- The Government determined that the only frontline residential care workers eligible for this retention bonus payment are aged care workers doing clinical, allied health or personal care.
- However, the Government also chose to exclude other frontline roles such as kitchen, cleaning, and laundry from receiving this bonus payment.
What are the details of the Retention Bonus Payment?
- The Government has determined that the maximum payment in residential aged care is $800 (before tax) on a scale based on the hours worked in the two pay periods during the 4 week period 1 June to 28 June 2020.
- There will be two payments made: one payment expected in August and another one expected in October.
- This means that if an employee worked over 30 average hours per week from 1 June to 28 June, they will receive $800 (before tax) in August and $800 (before tax) in October.
- Each payment is based on the hours that an employee worked and decreases on a pro-rata basis for part-time employees.
- This helpful table below indicates the bonus payment a residential care worker could expect to receive before tax, based on the average weekly hours that they worked.
- There will be two payments made to each eligible staff member. The first one is expected in August and the second one is expected in October. They will be paid into eligible staff members’ bank accounts with one of the regular pay cycles during these months.
Recently, the government has funded aged care organizations with additional millions of dollars to ensure a reinforced framework for the protection of elderly people. As a result, the government is hoping that this will help the aged care to deal with a shortage of staff in case of an outbreak.
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