Flu vaccination by May 1 in aged care or no working or visiting

30 March 2020

Aged care workers are reminded they must have their influenza vaccination by May 1 to work in or visit an aged care facility.

If you’re a residential aged care worker, you must not go to work if you have a fever or symptoms of a respiratory illness.

Last week the Australian Government announced a retention bonus for aged care workers.

As part of this announcement:  

  • Full-time direct care workers in residential care facilities will receive a payment of up to $800 after tax per quarter, paid for two quarters.
  • Full-time home care workers will receive payments of up to $600 after tax per quarter, paid for two quarters.
  • Part-time direct care workers receive a pro-rata payment for the amount of time you work.  For example, if you work two days a week, you’ll receive 40 per cent of the payment.
  • Payments will be made via your employer with the first payment expected in June (for the preceding quarter).  The second payment will be paid in September.