Department of Health

Healthcare worker winter retention and surge payment


To recognise public healthcare workers a one-off Healthcare Worker Winter Retention and Surge Payment will be made to clinical and non-clinical staff, and additional support offered to those who work night shifts.

This winter will continue to bring challenges for health services and staff. These initiatives are the first steps towards ensuring healthcare workers are supported as they deliver care to all Victorians.

All staff employed in public health services, and Ambulance Victoria will be eligible for a payment of $3,000. Part time, casual and new staff employed on or after 1 July, who are still employed on 30 September 2022, are eligible for a pro-rata equivalent of the payment. Payment will occur over two pay periods, 15 August and 30 September, with more detail to be communicated by services in the lead-up.

From 1 July to 31 December, the Healthcare Worker Wellbeing program will also expand to provide free meals and refreshments to staff working night shift. To tailor to individual needs, and ensure maximum benefit to workers, services will be given flexibility to deliver this program.

These initiatives come as vacancies in healthcare roles have reached record levels. These payments join other programs designed to fill gaps and improve the working environment for all staff, including:

Reviewed 09 June 2022


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