Kyabram Free Press

Cash bonuses for aged-care nurses

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Aged-care nurses who stay in the sector will receive bonus payments in a Federal Government bid to boost the country’s workforce.

Full-time registered nurses who work for the same aged-care provider for 12 months can receive the $3700 payment in 2022 and 2023.

Part-time and casual registered nurses are eligible for the payment on a pro-rata basis.

It is expected to average $2700 a year for this cohort.

Nurses who work in a rural or remote area, have a postgradua­te qualificat­ion or take on additional leadership and training responsibi­lities will be eligible for another $2300 on top.

The eligibilit­y period for the 2022 payments opens on November 1 and runs until October 31 next year. The second payment period runs from November 2022 until October 2023. The measures, costing $135.6 million, were announced in the May federal budget.

“This payment recognises the integral role of registered nurses in delivering high-quality care for our most vulnerable,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

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