Expand the aged care retention bonus now

Posted on
April 3, 2020
Aged Care Sector

News of the retention bonus for direct and home care workers came out last week, but we want it expanded.

It was a good start. Carers and nurses need and deserve more government support. But it wasn’t enough. Nationally, we met with Minister earlier this week to tell him just that. COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate and neither should the payment. All aged care workers are essential to ensuring residential facilities can continue to protect our most vulnerable citizens and the payment needs to be expanded to reflect this.

We’ve just heard that the Government doesn’t look like they are going to change their tune at this stage, so we are going to have to make them. After all:

  • Cleaners are essential workers now more than ever and are at the front-line of major infection control.
  • Food services are essential workers, with quality food and hygiene fundamental for resident health and wellbeing.
  • Laundry staff are essential workers and are facing ever increasing workloads as part of the outbreak.
  • Administration staff are essential workers, ensuring everything continues to run as smoothly as possible in these difficult times.
  • Maintenance and Delivery staff are essential workers, making sure goods get where they need to go quickly and that facilities can continue to operate and keep the lights on.
  • Allied Health Professionals are essential workers, giving direct assistance on all the other issues that don’t go away just because of the pandemic.

And don’t forget, payments for aged care workers are good. But, as many of you responded, proper funding for the industry would be even better.

Help us make Canberra listen. Sign the petition.

COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate and neither should the payment.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

Aged Care Sector