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To: Richard Colbeck, Minister for Aged Care

$600 aged care retention bonus not for everyone?

The aged care workforce understood they’d receive two payments of up to $600 after tax per quarter – for two quarters. You heard it from everyone, including your employers and then we learnt that only some would be eligible. Join the ASU in asking Minister Colbeck why!

Why is this important?

It was later revealed that Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) funded workers would only receive the bonus if their employer also provided home care packages. Co-vid 19 doesn’t discriminate between funding models and workers, so why does Minister Colbeck?

Excluding home carers undermines the intention of the bonus to reward and recognise the value of their work and its challenges in a pandemic. ASU council carers are outraged that their work is being undervalued, while those working for large commercial and NGO providers who are more likely to deliver home care packages, are rewarded. Join home carers as they defend the value of their work.

Co-vid has highlighted the importance of dependable well administered public services acting in the public interest and able to respond to this crisis. CHSP home carers are angry they have been excluded from the retention bonus scheme undermining our communities’ ability to effectively combat the spread of the virus.

The ASU has written to Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck, asking for CHSP home carers to receive the retention bonus. Will you support frontline workers and send a message to Minister Colbeck support our community?


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