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Aged care nurses who stay in the sector will receive bonus payments in a Federal Government bid to boost the country’s workforce.

Full-time registered nurses who work for the same aged care provider for 12 months can receive the $3700 payment in 2022 and 2023.

Part-time and casual registered nurses are eligible for the payment on a pro-rata basis. 

It is expected to average $2700 a year for this cohort.

Nurses who work in a rural or remote area, have a postgraduate qualification or take on additional leadership and training responsibilities will be eligible for another $2300 on top.

The eligibility period for the 2022 payments opens on November 1 and runs until October 31 next year. 

The second payment period runs from November 2022 until October 2023.

The measures, costing $135.6 million, were announced in the May federal budget.

“This payment recognises the integral role of registered nurses in delivering high-quality care for our most vulnerable,” Health and Aged Care Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday.

“We hope it encourages aged care nurses to continue working with older Australians and incentivises nurses in other sectors to explore a career in aged care.”

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck said the additional payment was extra recognition for the extraordinary work done by aged care nurses.

“This additional payment acknowledges the challenges faced by aged care nurses, particularly those working in rural and remote settings,” he said.

“We also want to recognise those registered nurses who go above and beyond to deliver high quality care to older Australians.”

AAP

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