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Workforce Retention Bonus Grant

The Workforce Retention Bonus Grant is an Australian Government grant to support continuity of the aged care workforce in residential and home care. More information about the grant can be found at the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Will Workforce Retention Bonus Grant top-up payments be considered declarable wages under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the ‘Act’)?

The Workforce Retention Bonus Grant top-up payments are not wages that should be declared under the Act.

Employers will need to distinguish the payments they make to their employees between:

  • ‘wages’ as defined in the Act; and
  • top-up payments made so that the employees are eligible employees for the purpose of the Workforce Retention Bonus Grant.