Less than was promised

Release date: 09 Jun 2020

The Government has released its long-awaited information on the arrangements for the Workforce Retention Bonus Grant announced in March.

It's essentially less than was promised because of tax treatment. Compare the newly released information with the Minster's letter to aged care workers.

ACSA says the government has backtracked on a financial commitment to aged care workers during the pandemic - misleading workers on the level of support they would receive via the retention bonus.

"This has simply been mean-spirited and misleading. Workers were led to believe the payments would be more generous," CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

"The government has shortchanged some of the nations hardest working people on some of the lowest wages.

"Everyone knows aged care is the frontline of the pandemic now and our workers deserve the best possible support."

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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