About the payment

This payment recognises the integral role of registered nurses in delivering high quality care for our older Australians. 

Registered nurses who work for the same aged care provider for 12 months will be eligible to receive a payment. Full-time nurses can receive $3,700 and payments for part-time/casual nurses will be determined on a pro-rata basis.

An additional payment will be available for registered nurses who meet one of three criteria.

Employers are responsible for applying on behalf of their eligible registered nurses.

Who is eligible?

Registered nurses must be employed for 12 months by any of the following:

  • an approved aged care provider funded by the Australian Government
  • Multipurpose Service Providers that offer aged care services
  • State or local government approved Residential Aged Care or Home Care Providers
  • providers that offer aged care services under the Commonwealth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program
  • an agency employing aged care registered nurses to work in one of the above organisation types.

The payment is available to registered nurses working in residential aged care, home care and Commonwealth Home Support Programme settings.

Registered nurses must have been working for the same approved aged care provider over the following time periods to receive each payment:

  • 1 November 2021 – 31 October 2022
  • 1 November 2022 – 31 October 2023.

Registered nurses will still be eligible even if they do not work in a direct care role such as management, provided they are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Other direct care workers including personal care workers, enrolled nurses and allied health professionals are not eligible for the payment.

Additional payment eligibility

Registered nurses will also be eligible for one additional payment per year of up to $2,300.

To receive this additional payment, registered nurses must meet one of these criteria:

  • work in a rural or remote area (classified MMM5-7)
  • hold a relevant formal postgraduate qualification (Graduate Certificate or higher)
  • take on additional leadership or training responsibilities in their workplace.

Registered nurses will only receive an additional payment for meeting one of these 3 criteria.

Part-time or casual nurses who meet one of these criteria will receive a pro-rata payment.

How to apply

This payment will be delivered via a non-competitive grant process.

After the closing date for each eligibility period, approved aged care providers will apply for the payment on behalf of eligible staff. The approved provider will then provide the payments to their eligible nurses as part of their salary.

Approved aged care providers may be familiar with this process, through the Aged Care Workforce Retention Bonus Payment.

When payments are made

Applications will be open once the eligibility periods end.

The first round of applications will open from 1 November 2022.


Enquiries about the payment, including eligibility requirements and the grant application process can be sent to ACRNpayment [at] health.gov.au

Find out more

Read our fact sheets on the payment:

Last updated: 
11 October 2021