Aged Care Employee Day

Today’s Aged Care Employee Day is a timely opportunity to thank all aged care workers for their outstanding devotion to senior Australians in care.


Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck said there has never been a more difficult time to work in aged care.


“The impact of COVID-19 in Victoria and New South Wales particularly has been simply tragic and devastating,” he said.


“The commitment of everyone working in the aged care sector throughout our nation has never been so vital.


“It’s important we promote and recognise excellence across the diverse and dynamic fields of endeavour in the age services sector.


“The passion and achievements of organisations, teams and individuals in the service of senior Australians is paramount as we work to increase community involvement in aged care and services.”


Mr Colbeck encouraged all Australian to reflect on the dedication and sense of duty of aged care workers.


“Aged care employees deserve our gratitude and can be assured that their work is highly valued.” Mr Colbec concluded.



As Australia recognises over 360,000 aged care workers on Aged Care Employee Day, Victorian not-for-profit aged care provider, Benetas, has joined the chorus by honouring exceptional employees who’ve gone above and beyond this year.


Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM said that employee recognition this year had never been so important. “Throughout the entirety of this pandemic, our employees have been serving those who are most vulnerable to the virus,” she said.


“They’ve been fronting up each and every day to provide tireless care, connection and humanity to our aged care residents, home care clients and their families who rely on them for essential care in this very challenging environment.”


Each year, Benetas awards three employees across the organisation who are nominated by their peers for demonstrating the organisational values together with unwavering dedication and genuine care for the older Australians whom they serve.


“Whether it be the nurses and personal carers, or the cleaners and support employees, these people are the backbone of our services. I am incredibly proud of our people who, despite the turbulence and pressure, continue to make a positive and notable contribution to our community,” Ms Hills said.


This year Benetas announced their Aged Care Employee Day award recipients as: Allied Health Assistant Nicolette Caggiati-Shortell, Clinical Nurse Consultant Vikki Ough, and Human Resource Business Partner Luke Boreham.


Awardee Mr Boreham said after five and half years of working in aged care at Benetas, it was the people who brings him back every day. “The relationships that we form in this sector are amazing,” he said.


“The people are forever inspiring, as is their dedication to provide the highest quality of care that we can collectively provide.”


7 August 2020.