The Australian Government says it is closely monitoring the situation in Sydney.
Given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the city, workers at residential aged care facilities in impacted areas are asked to limit their work to a single facility to reduce the risk of transmission and protect workers and residents.
Australian Government grant funding is now available to support implementation of these arrangements during an initial two week period, from June 23 to July 7.
Based on advice from the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, and in line with advice from the NSW Government, these arrangements are limited to residential aged care providers in the following local government areas:
- City of Sydney
- Canada Bay
- Inner West
Providers in these areas are asked to adjust their rosters and ensure staff are only working at one residential aged care facility within this region during this time.
Workers are encouraged to speak with their primary employer and look to work all shifts during this period with the residential aged care provider where they currently work the most hours.
To the greatest extent possible, the employer should seek to match any hours no longer being worked with a secondary employer to ensure the worker is not financially disadvantaged.
It is important workers also retain the security of any secondary employment.
Where these arrangements result in additional workforce expenses, providers are able to seek reimbursement from the Australian Government through the Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 (SACWIC) Grant.
The SACWIC grant opportunity remains open until December 30, 2021.
In addition to funding support, providers can also access guidance on practical implementation of single site arrangements, including employee relations expertise, through the Guiding Principles Support Hub website or hotline on 1800 491 793.