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PM announces additional $205 million in aged care funding

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced $205 million in additional federal government funding for the aged care sector.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged $205 million in additional federal government funding for the aged care sector as it struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding will give aged care providers a $900 support payment per occupied bed in metropolitan areas and $1350 per residential bed in regional Australia.

"The Commonwealth will be putting in an additional $205 million into the aged care sector as a one-off payment to facilities all around the country, to support them and the costs they are incurring to deal with the COVID-19 crisis in their sector," Mr Morrison said.

"This payment is designed to give them that financial support. That will assist the industry code, it will keep aged care facilities safer and give people more peace of mind.

"The industry code reflects the national cabinet advice that it adopted from the medical expert panel, that allows access for families to aged care facilities."

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The Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck said providers were dealing with added costs from thorough screening measures of staff and visitors and from increased PPE supply needs.

"This measure is in recognition of those additional costs in managing COVID-19," Mr Colbeck said.

"That takes the total amount that the government has put in specifically for COVID-19 up to over $850 million."

Source: 9News

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