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A resident in Australian Government subsidised residential aged care may be charged for the care and services provided, as follows:

  • Basic Daily Fee
  • Income Tested Fee
  • Accommodation Payment
  • Extra Services Charge - applies to residents occupying extra service places for the provision of a significantly higher standard of accommodation services and food.
  • Additional Service Fee - where the resident requests or agrees to additional services, e.g., hairdressing and newspapers etc.

Although the rates detailed below are basic fees and charges that residents can expect to pay either in Low or High Level care, there may be options available to you that would potentially reduce this rate.

Call us on 1300 784 781 to find out how we can assist you in obtaining the best fee package for you.

If you need to calculate how much you could be paying in care, Click here and access our Aged Care Fee Calculator.

Current Fees and Charges entering Aged Care (From 20 September 2013)

Fee/Charge/Thresholds

Rates

Maximum Basic Daily Fee 1
- Standard Resident contribution2 - includes respite residents
up to $45.63
- Protected resident contribution2
up to $41.61
- Phased Resident Contribution2
up to $45.63
- Non-Standard Resident Contribution2
up to $51.81
Residents who were in a hostel on 30 September 1997 and who are NOT currently at a home that was a nursing home before 1 October 1997 will receive a reduction of 80 cents per day to their basic daily fee.
Maximum Basic Daily Fee for Residents Eligible for Basic Daily Fee Supplement 1
- Standard Resident contribution2 - includes respite residents
up to $45.10
- Protected resident contribution2
up to $41.08
- Phased Resident Contribution2
up to $45.10
- Non-Standard Resident Contribution2
up to $51.28

The Basic Daily Fee Supplement is payable to aged care providers on behalf of non-pensioners who do not hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and who were in permanent residential care on 30 June 2012. To receive the supplement, providers must notify the Department of Human Services that they will charge eligible residents no more than the rates above.

Residents who were in a hostel on 30 September 1997 and who are NOT currently at a home that was a nursing home before 1 October 1997 will receive a reduction of 80 cents per day to their basic daily fee.

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Maximum Daily Income Tested Fee
up to $72.48
Income tested fees are calculated at 5/12th of total assessable income over the income tested fee thresholds per fortnight.
Income Tested Fee Thresholds
Single
Each member of a couple
Standard
$936.40
$918.40
Non-Standard
$936.40
$918.40
Protected
$794.60
$776.60
Phased
$936.40
$918.40
Pensioner allowable limit for Accommodation bonds
Residents who initially entered care prior to 20 March 2008 and agree to roll over a bond of more than 9 times the annual single age pension
$176,000
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Minimum Assets Amount
A resident must be left with this amount when calculating the maximum accommodation bond.
$44,000
Asset Cut-off Level
- for fully supported3 resident status
$44,000
- for partially supported3 resident status
$113,784.00
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Interest Rate
Maximum Permissible Interest Rate

For accommodation bond agreements
- for all new residents from 20 September 2013 - 30 September 2013
- for all new residents from 1 October 2013 - 31 December 2013


6.82%
6.60%
For accommodation charge agreements
- for all new residents from 20 September 2013 - 31 December 2013

5%
Base Interest Rate - Per Annum
For accommodation bond agreements
- for all new residents from 20 September 2013 - 31 December 2013

4.5%
Maximum Daily Accommodation Charge4
Maximum Daily Accommodation Charge for new entrants to residential aged care 20 March 2013 - 19 September 20135
- for fully supported residents
N/A
- non-supported residents, if their assets at entry are at least $113,784.00
- supported residents, if their assets at entry are equal to or less than $113,784.00

up to $33.55

calculated amount6
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Maximum Daily Accommodation Charge for pre 20 March 2008 residents who enter your home during the period 20 March 2013 - 19 September 20137
- for concessional residents and charge exempt residents
N/A
Residents who first entered residential aged care between 1/7/2004 - 19/3/2008.
- assisted residents, if their assets at entry are at least $66,411
- assisted residents, if their assets at entry are less than $66,411
- other residents, if their assets at entry are at least $83,147
- other residents, if their assets at entry are less than $83,147



up to $12.28
calculated amount3
up to $21.45
calculated amount3
Residents who first entered residential aged care before 1/7/20048
- assisted residents, if their assets at entry are at least $61,101
- assisted residents, if their assets at entry are less than $61,101
- other residents, if assets at entry are at least $77,288
- other residents, if assets at entry are less than $77,288


up to $9.34
calculated amount3
up to $18.24
calculated amount3
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Pensioner Supplement
$7.69
Deeming Thresholds and rates from 20 September 2013
Threshold (single)
Threshold (couple - combined)
Lower rate
Higher rate

$46,600
$77,400
2.5%
4.0%

Accommodation Bond Retention Amounts
Maximum monthly retention amount for residents entering care between 1 July 2012 - 30 June 20139
- for bonds in excess of $39,720
- for bonds no more than $20,520

$331
$171

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1. Residents in designated remote areas may be asked to pay an additional $1.06 per day (See section 4 page 135 of the Residential Care Manual).

2. See Information Sheet 12 - Basic Daily Fees for Residential Aged Care.

3. Contact the Department on 1800 900 554.

4. From 20 March 2008, accommodation charges are capped, even if a resident moves from one home to another, provided that there is not a break in care of more than 28 days (excluding leave).

5. Rate remains unchanged for resident's stay in the one home, regardless of annual indexation of the maximum rate for new entrants.

6 The Department of Health and Ageing sends letters to advise amount (does not include flexible care residents).

7. And who haven't left permanent residential aged care for more than 28 days before entering care after 20 March 2008.

8. Accommodation charge limited to a maximum period of five years and fixed at date of entry even if they have a break in care of more than 28 days.

9. Where the bond is between the two thresholds, the maximum monthly retention amount can be calculated by taking 10% of the bond and dividing the result by 12. From 1 July 2000, the amount is then rounded to the nearest $5.

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