The Australian Government’s Department of Health has announced that as part of its roughly $18 billion aged care reform package, more nurses will be eligible to receive the Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payment.
In stating its vision for aged care services to be accessible of a high quality and to ensure senior Australians are cared for with respect and dignity, the federal government has widened the criteria so that nurses may now be able to qualify for a half payment.
The criteria for the Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payment, to be able to reward nurses for clinical skills and leadership who have worked in shorter contracts, now includes a six-month payment.
Registered nurses (RNs) who have been working for an aged care employer for a period of six months are permitted now to be eligible for a half-payment.
The government has outlined the eligibility periods for the six-month payment as:
There will be further additional payments that RNs may be able to receive.
RNs based and working in large and medium rural towns (classified as MMM 3-4) will be able to receive a further payment additional to the base payment, as well as RNs working in remote regions (classified as MMM 5-7).
The government has stipulated that the changes are to ensure more nurses receive more money under the payment scheme.
Providers responsible for payment application
It is important to note that the government has clearly stated that employers are responsible for applying on behalf of their eligible RNs.
For more information as to the payment criteria and application specifics, the Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payment page has information regarding:
Additionally there are fact sheets regarding the payment for both providers and nurses.