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Protecting Older Australians - COVID-19 Update 24 June 2020


Emergency leave for aged care residents

New resources on Emergency Leave are now available, with a factsheet for residents and a factsheet for providers.

Minister Colbeck has determined that the new Emergency Leave period for permanent aged care residents will last from 1 April to 30 September 2020.

During this time residents will be able to take leave without impacting their social leave balances.

As a result, residents’ social leave balances for 2020-21 will start at 52 days on 1 October 2020.

Any fees paid by residents for exceeding their 52 day social leave limit between 1 April and 30 September 2020 will need to be reimbursed by their provider.

Aged care homes will, however, continue to be paid residential care subsidy when residents are on Emergency Leave, ensuring neither residents nor providers are disadvantaged.

A payment system solution for the new Emergency Leave is being designed by Services Australia for a late June 2020 release. Further advice on these changes will be provided shortly.


Disability support workers video

A video detailing how and when disability support workers should wear PPE has been made available. Alison McMillan, Australia’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, demonstrates how and when PPE is to be used. Further information on the use of PPE for the health workforce is available on the department’s website.

Updated guidance following the latest AHPPC advice:

Unknown Author, 2020, Department of Health

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