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PM Announces A Maximum $800 Payment For Aged Care Workers Across Australia

The Australian government has announced at the national press club on Tuesday that they will provide two payments of $400 to aged care workers to help retain staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $800 payment will be divided into two, with the first payment to be dispatched in February and the second to follow in May.

However, the payment is not a flat rate - with the amount received based on how many hours they work.

Prime minister, Scott Morrison, stated that: "Of course, none of our health outcomes would be possible without the hard work, long hours and dedicated care offered by our frontline health and aged care workforce.''

"Their resilience over the past two years has been inspiring," Morrison said.

Mr Morrison also announced a further $209 million package for the sector.

However, there has been no announcement of a further wage increase to the sector, despite a fair work commission announcing that the industry was due a 25% wage increase.