ONCALL Group Australia (ONCALL) is dedicated to supporting our business customers delivery of essential services during the State of Disaster and Stage 4 restrictions.
ONCALL COVID-19 staffing response
We have established a 24/7 dedicated hotline for COVID-19 workforce requests (covering both NDIS and Out of Home Care).
ONCALL has identified a small, dedicated workforce consisting of staff prepared and ready to work in an outbreak. Compared to our overall workforce, there are a very small number of casual staff who are prepared to work in an outbreak setting.
To support prevention and surge workforce requests, ONCALL has ongoing monitoring and liaison across our business. This includes:
- Active monitoring of COVID-19 contacts, tests and confirmed cases for all ONCALL client services, business customers and ONCALL workforce.
- Refreshed and increased infection control training for all staff (with system tracking of completion).
- Increased communication on all COVID-19 requirements and protocols to our staff. This includes ongoing reminders about testing and isolation requirements – with communication to ONCALL throughout that process.
- Enhanced workforce technology platform to monitor ‘status’ of all locations and all staff. Our updates enable restriction of staff to limited locations, where that is needed to limit movement between sites.
- Liaison with Victorian Public Health, National Disability Insurance Agency and NDIS Commission, as required.
When we receive a request for staffing in a site with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, we complete a risk assessment and detailed roster planning with the relevant provider.
ONCALL is already assisting with a number of outbreaks in disability services. We provide a quarantined, dedicated workforce, with increased compliance support for all arrangements. We have a very limited workforce who are in a position to assist in these circumstances. If you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, please get in touch to discuss your staffing needs and ONCALL available staff.
Allocation of casual staff services in all sites for Stage 4 Restrictions
The Stage 4 Restrictions have had a significant impact in the way disability providers deliver essential services every day. In partnership with you, we have an obligation to keep people safe. We have received Government direction to, wherever possible, limit the number of residential sites an individual worker attends to further minimise the risk of community infections.
What does this mean?
For the duration of the Stage 4 Restrictions, we will:
- Restrict the number of employers where our field staff work. As a result, they will only be employed with ONCALL.
- Continue to issue and monitor Worker Permits to all ONCALL field staff.
- Cease allocating work to field staff that also work in aged care.
- Seek to limit the number of houses any worker is allocated to.
- Continue communication and compliance about increased infection control training and all obligations and penalties that apply to anyone who fails to follow Government directives.
These changes are temporary and will be in place until the end of Stage 4 Restrictions. This is not a decision that ONCALL takes lightly.
What does this mean for business customers?
To proactively manage this with you, we welcome the opportunity to make dedicated arrangements to ensure your staffing needs can be met throughout Stage 4 restrictions. Given the impact to casual staff income and to ensure your roster needs can be met, we will seek a minimum number of hours to dedicate staff to your limited number of sites. Wherever possible, we will seek to allocate regular casual staff to meet the need.
We will continue monitoring and provide oversight for all staff. In addition, we will work proactively with you where a suspect or confirmed case arises and the response needs change.
Both Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the National Disability Insurance Agency have indicated willingness to support the sector to ensure essential services are maintained and the risks of COVID-19 spread are minimised.
If you have any questions, please contact Troy Aylen (Executive Manager Casual Staff Services) or Laura Green (General Manager Operations) on 9896 2468.
Thank you for your understanding and partnership through this difficult time. Together, we will get through this and ensure people with disability and staff in all services are kept safe.