June 2, 2021
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The Australian government is investing $ 60 million to extend support for COVID-19 response measures for affected elderly care facilities in Australia until June 30, 2022.
The extension means that a second installment of grants from the COVID-19 Elderly Care Support Program will be available from this week to support providers with costs incurred from May 28, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
Additional staffing arrangements will also remain in place to meet future demand in the event of new outbreaks.
In response to the current situation in Victoria and the emerging concern in New South Wales, significant efforts are being made to protect older Australians in the care of older people, including more resources available when needed.
The Morrison government is ensuring that suppliers affected by an outbreak can access back-up staff and receive financial support for eligible expenses.
The program covers costs, including additional or replacement staff, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning and infection control, waste management, and travel and accommodation.
The COVID-19 Elderly Care Support Program began on March 27, 2020 and has, to date, provided $ 61.2 million in grants, reimbursing providers for certain expenses incurred for the management of care recipients and personnel requiring isolation due to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
The established support manpower program and associated arrangements ensure the safety of those in care for the elderly, ensuring the continuity of their care, while managing the potential risk of infection in the event of community transmission of COVID -19.
To date, the department has assisted elderly care providers facing a COVID-19 outbreak to fill more than 39,000 nursing, personal and attendant care positions and more than 750 clinical first responder deployments.