What is the COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program?

The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program is an initiative that will reimburse eligible aged care providers for eligible expenditure incurred on managing direct impacts of COVID-19. The Program will run over 2 years from 2019-20 to 2020-21.

The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program will assist Residential Aged Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program and Home Care Package providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts, to deliver continuity of safe quality care for consumers.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program are:

  • to assist Residential Aged Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (NATSIFACP) and Home Care providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts, to deliver continuity of safe quality care for consumers.

The intended outcomes of the COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program are:

  • Consumers of Aged Care Services directly impacted by COVID-19 experience safe quality care; and
  • The financial costs of managing direct impacts of COVID-19 are reduced for eligible Aged Care services.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced a total of $52.9 million over 2 years for the COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program and this grant opportunity.

The grant amount will be 100 per cent of eligible expenditure up to the maximum grant value for each Residential, NATSIFACP or Home Care service.

For Residential Aged Care and NATSIFACP Services, the maximum grant value has two components: a base funding allocation of $20,000 plus a funding allocation of $2,000 for each operational place.

Example: ABC Residential Aged Care has 50 operational places and incurs $130,000 of eligible expenditure. The maximum grant payment is $120,000 ($20,000 base funding allocation plus $100,000 operational places allocation).

For Home Care Services the maximum grant value has single component: a funding allocation of $650 per client.

You are responsible for any eligible expenditure you incur that exceeds your maximum grant value plus any ineligible expenditure.

 

Eligible Projects

Grant funds will reimburse eligible providers for costs incurred in undertaking eligible activities up to the value of the maximum grant limit per service.

Residential Aged Care Providers and NATSIFACP Providers

Eligible activities are activities associated with managing direct impacts of COVID-19 including the following:

  • providing increased staff to manage care and broader requirements in a service with residents/clients who are infected or isolated due to COVID-19;
  • replacing existing staff who are infected or isolated due to COVID-19;
  • training staff and residents/clients in infection control; and
  • accessing equipment and resources required to manage a service in an infection control environment including linen and bedding, paper products, PPE, disinfection and cleaning agents.

Increased or replaced staff may include: registered nurses, direct care staff, hotel services staff (catering and cleaning), diversional therapy and activities staff, allied health staff, maintenance staff and administrative staff.

Home Care Providers

Eligible activities are activities associated with managing direct impacts of COVID-19 including the following:

  • providing increased staff to manage care and broader requirements in a service with clients who are infected or isolated due to COVID-19;
  • replacing existing staff who are infected or isolated due to COVID-19;
  • training staff in infection control; and
  • accessing equipment and resources to manage infection control for staff including PPE.

Increased or replaced staff may include registered nurses, direct care staff, case management staff, diversional therapy and activities staff, allied health staff and administrative staff.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • salary and wages for existing and new employees including full time, part time and casual staff;
  • contractor expenses;
  • expenses for purchase or hire of equipment and resources for managing infection control; and
  • other expenses including training staff in infection control and the cost of an independent audit of eligible expenditure (where we request one).

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost of managing direct COVID-19 impacts; and
  • be incurred by you for required eligible activities.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program, you must be:

  • An approved Residential Aged Care provider with one or more services directly impacted by COVID-19; and or
  • An approved NATSIFACP provider with one or more services that is directly impacted by COVID-19; and or
  • An approved Home Care provider with one or more services that is directly impacted by COVID-19.

Directly impacted services are those with one or more COVID-19 infected or isolated residents/clients/staff in the period between 24 February 2020 and 31 May 2021.

 

Timing

Applications close 31 May 2021.

 

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