Australia will spend $1.4 billion to continue support for aged care providers and other facilities battling Covid-19.
Aged care to get bulk of extra $1.4bn in Covid response money
The Albanese government will spend a further $1.4 billion to deal with the impact of Covid-19, with most of the funding going to aged care providers.
The money will be used for continuing a range of response measures that were due to expire on 30 September but will be extended until the end of the year.
The package includes financial support for aged care staff as well as funding for Covid-19 tests, protective equipment and medication.
More than 3000 people have died with the virus in Australian aged care facilities this year, almost triple the number of deaths that occurred in the first two years of the pandemic.