Minister suspends aged care supplementMinister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews said the Government has suspended applications for the Aged Care Workforce Supplement while it consulted with the sector on alternative policy options.
“Aged care providers that are eligible for the Supplement will have their funding honoured and the Department of Social Services will continue to process applications that have already been received,” Mr Andrews said.
“The Government will consider transitional arrangements for these providers as it develops alternative policy options.”
Mr Andrews said recruiting and retaining sufficient numbers of skilled, dedicated workers was crucial for Australia’s aged care system to meet the community’s increasing need for services.
But he said the Supplement, introduced by the previous Government, did not guarantee improved pay and conditions for all aged care workers.
“For many providers the funding was also conditional upon the signing of a union-dictated enterprise bargaining agreement,” Mr Andrews said.
“The Government is committed to working with the sector to develop a policy which will ensure that available funding is distributed in a way that is flexible, targeted and ensures the viability of aged care providers.”
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