Student aged care worker visas extended to try to address workforce shortages

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Student visa holders working in aged care will be allowed to work more hours as the Federal Government tries to tackle the workforce shortages that exist throughout Australia.

The move continues the arrangement introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 where student visa holders have been able to perform more than 40 hours of work a fortnight in aged care without impacting their visa status.

The temporary extension of the removal of working hour restrictions applies to all student visa holders working in the aged care sector, regardless of when they commenced that work.

“This extension will help reinforce staff rosters, ensuring providers will have continued access to skilled and compassionate workers and ultimately ensure the health and wellbeing of our loved ones in care is a priority,” said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Richard Colbeck.

The extension applies to all aged care approved providers or Commonwealth funded aged care service providers that have been issued with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID.