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Aged Care & Retirement Living News

FWC Penalty Rate Decision – Limited Impact for Aged Care Providers 23 Feb

In a landmark decision the Fair Work Commission today ruled that existing Sunday penalty rates in Hospitality and Retail Awards no longer achieve modern award objectives and do not provide a fair and relevant safety net. more

Mandatory Data Breach Reporting22 Feb

On Monday 13 February 2017, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (the Bill) was passed by both houses and is now awaiting Royal Assent. more

Eyewitness account was not sufficient proof of elder abuse 20 Sep

The Fair Work Commission has found that an aged care provider unfairly dismissed a personal carer when it erroneously relied upon an “eyewitness’” to substantiate an allegation of elder abuse. more

The dead hand of government in aged care reform 13 Sep

Australia's aged care sector has endured a week to forget, when a loose piece of guidance from the Department of Health sparked off a sales frenzy from investors. more

FWO cracking down on employment conditions in the aged care and disability service industries – it's time to get your house in order!12 Sep

In November 2015 the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) commenced an audit campaign in the health care and social assistance industry (one of Australia’s largest employing industries). more

Brisbane City Council announces policies to promote aged care and retirement development31 Aug

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced several planning policies aimed at encouraging aged care and retirement living development in Brisbane City Council. Details of the announcement can be found here. more

Recent Coroner's decision emphasises need to ensure Falls Policies are updated18 Aug

The Department of Health (Department) has released an Industry Feedback Alert in response to the South Australian Coroner’s recommendations regarding aged care residents on anticoagulant therapy and falls resulting in head injuries. more

Capital refurbishment fees/ asset replacement fees/ administration fees/ room reinstatement fees - maximising revenue within the confines of the legislation26 Jul

With changes to ACFI, providers are increasingly looking to novel fee structures and the additional services framework to find ways to maximise revenue. more

A true David and Goliath battle: how one employee can bring down your entire EBA 06 Jun

Last week’s decision by the Fair Work Commission to overturn the approval of the Coles Store Team Enterprise Agreement 2014 – 2017 shows that all it takes is one disadvantaged employee to bring down a whole agreement. more

Short Term Restorative Care – a new kind of flexible care06 Jun

Legislation for the Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) Programme has been released and it is now time for providers to consider whether they wish to offer this form of care. more

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