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Closed Grant Opportunity View - GO6255

Aged Care Worker COVID-19 Leave Payment

Contact Details

Health Grants Team


Department of Health and Aged Care
Close Date & Time:
16-Feb-2024 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
Primary Category:
101001 - Aged Care
Secondary Category:
101004 - Healthy Ageing
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Demand Driven

FO Reference:


On 30 March 2023, as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the ongoing COVID-19 response, the Government announced it will provide additional funding to support the aged care workforce who are unable to continue their care for older Australians due to COVID-19 related absences. The measure recognises the ongoing vulnerability of older people and the inherent risks in providing care in residential aged care and home care settings.

Under this grant opportunity, Australian Government funded aged care providers, both residential and home care providers, will be able to apply for reimbursement of sick leave payments for directly employed permanent and casual workers, where the eligible employee is unable to attend work due to a COVID-19 infection and has insufficient sick leave.

To view the grant opportunity documents, please select the red Grant Opportunity Documents button on the left-hand side.


Grant funds will be provided to successful applicants to reimburse payments made to permanent or casual staff directly employed by eligible providers who have insufficient sick leave available and are not able to work as a result of COVID-19 related absence.

Reimbursement will only be available in respect of payments made when there is insufficient sick leave available to cover sick leave due to COVID-19 and the Aged Care Worker COVID-19 Leave Payment Eligibility Declaration (Eligibility Declaration) has been completed and returned to the employer.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

  • Australian Government funded:
  1. approved residential aged care providers.
  2. approved home care package providers.
  3. Multipurpose service providers.
  • providers delivering aged care services under the Commonwealth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program.

The following workers employed by the eligible organisations are eligible for the COVID-19 Leave Payment:

  • residential aged care workers:
  1. Clinical and personal care workers, allied health workers, food services and cleaning services.
  • home care workers delivering home care under an approved home care package:
  1. Clinical support and personal care (showering, dressing etc).

Where a worker’s duties encompass areas other than clinical support and personal care, they will continue to be eligible for the COVID-19 Leave Payment if the provision of clinical support and personal care represents their primary responsibility.

Total Amount Available (AUD):


Instructions for Application Submission:

Submit the completed application form and all necessary attachments by the closing date and time via the Online Application Form document located via the "Grant Opportunity Documents" button on the left-hand side.

You should keep a copy of your application and any supporting documents. You will receive an automated email notification acknowledging the receipt of the submission which includes your Submission Reference ID. Retain this ID if you wish to query your application. If you do not receive an automated email notification within 48 hours of submission, please email 

Other Instructions:

Note the 2MB limit per attachment in the application form. Multiple files/documents should be scanned into a single document. Compressed or zip files are not accepted. File names must be unique and not include foreign characters.

Contact Details

Health Grants Team