Jan 22, 2021

Funding support for single site arrangements is ending

Press release from Department of Health

Based on current case numbers in the community and within aged care residents and staff in these areas, current single site workforce arrangements in hotspots and high risk locations can begin to cease. The Australian Government would like to thank the residential aged care sector for its hard work and collaboration in moving to these arrangements.

Public Sector facilities in Victoria are continuing single site arrangements until February 2021, as funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Queensland Government Aged Care Direction No.22 remains in place which recommends Aged Care Facilities limit the mobility of their workers.

Australian Government funding support under the Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 Grant (SACWIC) is available to support providers who have implemented single site arrangements during the relevant grant period.

Providers should commence transition out activities so that normal working arrangements can recommence from the dates set out below. After these dates, eligible providers can submit applications for the SACWIC grant. This will remain open until 30 June 2021. Providers can submit an application for out of pocket expenses after 22 January 2021.

State Local Government Area/Suburb SACWIC Grant Activity Period
New South Wales Northern Beaches LGA 18 December 2020 – 29 January 2021
Victoria Brighton 31 December 2020 – 29 January 2021
Glen Waverley
Queensland City of Brisbane 8 January 2021 – 22 January 2021
City of Ipswich
Logan City
Moreton Bay Region
Redland City

Providers are also encouraged to take steps to understand your workforce by developing a register for recording each workers’ mobility and their skills and training. Further advice on how to prepare for and implement a single site workforce arrangement can be found in the National COVID-19 Aged Care Plan. This guidance will support providers to prepare in the event single site arrangements are required again in the future.

For guidance on practical implementation of single site arrangements and the available funding support, providers can visit the Guiding Principles Support Hub website or phone the hotline on 1800 491 793.

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