Aged Care Update
Friday 29 May 2020
The aged care sector faces significant challenges to protect the vulnerable older Australians receiving care, whether it be in residential facilities or at home.
The Federal Government has made multiple announcements of additional COVID-19 funding, including for workforce retention and support however, the funding is nowhere near enough and does not come with transparency measures to ensure providers pass the money on to workers.
HSU understands that for aged care workers, there are multiple issues at play and these require clear, consistent advice and adequate support from employers and government which to date, have not been delivered.
The HSU has raised key concerns with the Federal Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck and Labor shadow minister, Julie Collins. This has included:
- the need for a fairer worker retention bonus;
- more funding and spending transparency measures;
- paid leave to help workers stay home without financial risk if they are unwell;
- resources to support the safe rollout of the new Industry Visitor Access Code;
- clear directives to help workers keep second jobs;
- better PPE guidelines including training; and
- more consultation with the workforce via the union.
The HSU is also participating in any avenues where we can voice these concerns and engage in constructive dialogue on solutions, including providing written feedback on the government’s proposed Industry Visitor Access Code, and attending the recent National Aged Care Alliance quarterly meeting.