Single site arrangements for residential aged care workers in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, have been extended until July 24, 2021.
The department of health says all providers should continue arrangements to facilitate employees working at one site only during this period.
This may be further extended on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer.
This is a key step in minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between aged care facilities.
Should you require further advice, contact the Support Hub or call 1800 491 793 .
Single site workforce arrangements and funding support for Greater Melbourne will end on July 8, 2021, in line with the de-escalation criteria set out in the National COVID-19 Aged Care Plan.
A range of materials are available through the Support Hub to assist providers to transition out of single site workforce arrangements.
All providers across the country, particularly those in regional NSW, should also make sure they are prepared to move to single site arrangements if required by ensuring they have a workforce management plan that includes a register of which workers work across multiple sites, a skills and training audit and handover documents, as set out in Appendix H of the National COVID-19 Aged Care Plan.
This is to ensure providers can move quickly into single site arrangements should they be put in place in other locations in response to emerging COVID-19 risks.