Aged care workers are struggling to obtain the government’s promised $800 bonus which the cash-strapped sector is being asked to pay to staff before their funding applications are approved by government.
In January the government announced it would give 265,000 aged care staff a maximum of $800 in two installations before the election, responding to pressure over its handling of the pandemic and the underpayment of the sector’s workforce.
Employers were told to make applications for payment from 1 March for eligible workers who were active in the industry on 28 February.
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