The below information is relevant for Kitchen Hands, Cooks, and Chefs who are looking for work in Aged Care facilities:
If you have an active Sidekicker profile but suddenly can't see shifts when you log into your app, or have a red banner showing "You might be missing out on jobs" this is most likely because there are jobs available that you haven't uploaded all the required certificates for, or perhaps a certificate has expired.
Here is a quick overview of the certificates you need to keep up to date. More detail on each certificate is included below.
Annually on 31st May
To be updated with the 2023 schedule in April
Every 3 years
As the Government updates the requirements
As of May 2022, a third dose ('booster') is required
Flu (influenza) vaccination
You can book your annual flu shot at most pharmacies in Australia (e.g. Terry White Chemmart, Chemist Warehouse, Priceline etc.).
Proof of your current flu shot may include either the signed paperwork from the pharmacist given to you at the time of your vaccination or your immunisation history statement (this can be obtained by using the same process as here).
Please submit proof of your flu vaccination by uploading it to your profile using these steps.
National Police Check
Many aged care facilities require a current Employer Police Check. While you may already have a Police Check, if it is a volunteer-only check or a check for a different industry, we cannot accept it for Aged Care Sidekicks.
Sidekicker has partnered with National Crime Check to help you get easy, affordable police checks. Sign up to get a police check here and the check will be returned to Sidekicker and automatically added to your profile within a max of 5 business days.
COVID-19 booster (third dose)
As at November 2023, both National Government recommends aged care workers to have received the third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, many facilities refuse entry to staff who have not received up to date vaccination
Find out what constitutes acceptable proof of vaccination for COVID-19 here, and follow the steps to upload your document.