Aged care workers to receive two bonuses

Dominic Giannini |

Aged care staff will be able to access two bonus payments of up to $400 each under a $209 million package to be announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

It will be paid pro rata on the hours worked, with the first payment to be made in February and the second in May.

Those eligible include aged care workers in government subsidised home care and aged care workers providing direct care, food or cleaning services in government subsidised residential care.

Mr Morrison is expected to unveil the plan during his speech to the National Press Club on Tuesday. 

“None of our health outcomes would be possible without the hard work, long hours and dedicated care offered by our frontline health and aged care workforce,” he will say.

“Their resilience over the past two years has been inspiring.”

The bonus payment builds on the $393 million provided over three payments to 234,000 aged care workers during the pandemic.