New guiding principles for Victorian aged care sector to minimise risk of COVID-19 outbreak – staff limited to one site

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No worker will be financially disadvantaged by the new principles issued into the residential aged care (RAC) sector, designed to keep residents and workers safe from unintentional transmission of COVID-19.

The guidelines will limit staff to working at one site only during this high-risk pandemic period.

Workers will be paid their usual income and be offered a choice in their place of employment.   They will be protected by the continued safe working practises within each facility.  They will also be guaranteed security of their additional jobs, accrued entitlements and continuity of service.

The principles apply to all permanent and casual workers in aged care, specifically in the hotspot areas of Melbourne Metro and the Mitchell Shire.

Developed in collaboration with the Government, Peak Bodies and industry unions, this guide will apply from 27 July for a period of 8 weeks and may be extended upon further advice from Government.

A support hub has been established by Peak Bodies to assist Providers by facilitating access to resources and expert intelligence.

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