Department of Health

Supporting the aged care workforce during COVID-19

Information and resources to support aged care workers.

Reducing workforce mobility

Reducing workforce mobility is an important measure in limiting the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between facilities to protect workers and residents.

Single site workforce arrangements are coordinated at the direction of the Australian Government or the Chief Health Officer. Aged Care Workers are limited to working at one site as much as practicable.

Where these arrangements result in additional workforce expenses, providers can seek reimbursement from the Australian Government through the Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 (SACWIC) Grant. Public sector residential aged care services are not eligible for the SACWIC grants but can access financial assistance through the Victorian Department of Health.

In line with the National COVID-19 Aged Care Plan, residential aged care providers should also maintain a worker register that records which of their employees work across multiple settings or lives with someone who does.

Workforce declarations and daily attestations

All staff and workers are required to make a written declaration before the commencement of each shift.

This is in addition to the declaration required if staff work for another employer at another site. These declarations can be made by any means the facility provides for (including via an app), providing it is in writing.

Mental health resources

It's important to look after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Clinical placements

Student clinical placements in residential care facilities can continue, with strict health and safety measures in place. This includes:

  • students must not care for residents who are suspected, high-risk suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any time
  • students must participate in COVID-19 symptom screening and declaration processes prior to each shift
  • students should be otherwise treated as workers, which means movement of students across sites should be minimised, screening and declarations and the same PPE requirements apply.

More information and clinical placement guidance is available on health service planning – COVID-19.

Reviewed 07 December 2021

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