The Aged Care Retention Bonus is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government originally designed to keep aged care workers in the industry. It was proposed as two payments of $600 (pro-rata for part-time and casuals) for home carers, and $800 for residential care workers. There will now be a third payment in November.
The Retention Bonus has not been for everyone though.
People working under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) were excluded. Workplaces which deliver care via both packages and through the CHSP have seen some colleagues get a bonus, and others none. Despite doing the same work.
Everyone’s role in aged care is important, regardless of what type of funding stream they fall under.
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The ASU wrote to Federal Labor MPs and the Greens and met with Rachel Siewert, Richard Marles, and talked with Ged Kearney and Julian Hill. Questions regarding the Retention bonus were raised on your behalf in the last Senate Estimates Committee. We will be writing to Federal Liberal, National, and Independent MPs shortly.
Have you written to your local MP on this issue?
If you feel you should have been paid the retention bonus by your workplace, submit a formal enquiry using this form here.
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