Aged care workers across the sector are facing unprecedented times and workers caring for the aged across the country have never been more important.

The Commonwealth Government is waking up to what you have always known you are valued, and you are needed.

  • But how are you been cared for?
  • Is your employer doing everything they can to keep you safe while you keep our aged safe?

We encourage ASU members to come together to discuss their issues and councils’ responses next week.

We will be holding a Zoom meeting next week Wednesday 1 April at 4pm with aged care delegates and where there is no delegate at your Council, members are encouraged to RSVP.

Please RSVP to by Monday 30 March with your name and which Council you are from so the Zoom invite can be sent to you.

You can download Zoom on your phone or computer via

Minister for Aged Care Richard Colbeck’s letter to aged care workers contains information about the retention bonus announced last Friday, which is a bonus payment for aged care workers to say thanks to them for their work.

The department of Health has increased flexibility for CHSP providers during the pandemic. If your Council provides Social Support Groups and group activities, these should be suspended for four weeks. Councils can continue to support clients by re-directing their funds to other non-face-to-face activities and support services.

CHSP providers can now re-allocate their funding to creatively respond to increasing demand for critical services. This may mean you are being asked to deliver meals, call clients or perform other critical duties.

The ASU expects that Councils will retain staff and their average hours and you should not be disadvantaged by the loss of pay or conditions. More information on these funding arrangements can be found here.

The ASU thanks you for the care you provide and recognises your critical frontline role with our most vulnerable community members. Stay safe.

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