Bridgewater staff will be paid

The Department of Health and Ageing will provide wages and salaries owed to staff.

The Department of Health and Ageing has announced that it will provide unpaged wages and salaries owed to staff at a Melbourne nursing home that went into administration last month.

The Commonwealth Government has also told the Department to bring forward the June resident subsidies for Bridgewater Aged Care so that staff can be paid on time.

“Many of the Bridgewater staff have been working without pay to provide quality care to residents during this difficult time; they are the unsung heroes,” said the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot.

The minister said that if the home became insolvent, staff may receive additional assistance under the Government’s General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS).

Under GEERS, employees may be eligible for up to three months of unpaid wages, unpaid annual leave, unpaid long service leave and up to 16 weeks of redundancy entitlement.

However she said the department is unable to pay for the employer superannuation contributions which the provider failed to make.

The department has also developed a relocation plan so that residents could be moved in a safe and orderly way if necessary.

It has located 163 facilities within 20 kilometres of Bridgewater that would be able to take on residents if the facility were to close.

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