Today the National Cabinet agreed on temporary funding to support Aged Care providers, residents, staff and families.
Building on the package of measures announced last week, additional funding of $444.6 million is expected to strengthen the industry, with specific mechanisms to reinforce the aged care workforce.
It will include:
Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck said these important measures offered a reinforced framework to ensure the sector would continue to support those we love most.
“As the transmission of COVID-19 increases rapidly, it is our priority to protect and support elderly and vulnerable Australians,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Aged care is a critical sector that faces staffing challenges as existing staff are either subject to self-isolation requirements due to COVID-19 or are unable to attend work.
“We know we are asking a lot of this critical workforce as we face this unprecedented health emergency. Their work practices are changing – and today’s announcement is in recognition of this.
“The Government will continue to work with the sector to ensure we have the strongest possible workforce in place as we deal with this extraordinary health challenge.”
Minister Colbeck said guidelines for Aged Care facilities remained in place.
Additional fact sheets released by the Department of Health now include:
Minister Colbeck said the care and wellbeing of senior Australians remained a priority in this uncertain time.
“We are facing an extraordinary health challenge and we need to work together to protect the Australians most vulnerable to COVID-19,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Our number one priority is to slow the spread of coronavirus to save lives.
“The Australian Government will continue to act on advice and update the sector as we face this challenge together.”