The Albanese Government is allocating $318 million to extend COVID-19 support for residential aged care facilities. Starting from January 1, 2024, a new Aged Care Outbreak Management Supplement will be introduced, lasting for a year, replacing the existing COVID-19 grants. This supplement is designed to aid all residential aged care providers in managing outbreaks. Additionally, a surge workforce will continue to provide assistance to aged care homes affected by outbreaks.
Residential aged care, Multi-Purpose Service (MPS), and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) providers are set to receive approximately $940 per resident in 2024 under the current arrangements. These measures are indicative of the government’s ongoing commitment to supporting the aged care sector in dealing with COVID-19.
The simplified payment process will eliminate the need for providers to apply for COVID-19 grants and contribute to planning and outbreak management costs. Further information: https://www.health.gov.au/topics/aged-care/managing-covid-19