Will I need to pay?
Costs apply in residential aged care and are worked out according to your ability to pay. Centrelink will assess what you need to pay based on the information you provide using the form “Request for a Combined Assets and Income Assessment”
There are two types: care fees and accommodation costs
Care Fees – your contribution to your daily living costs and care (meals, laundry, cleaning, personal and nursing care)
- Basic daily fee
- Means-tested fee (if your combined income and assets are over a certain amount)
For more information see out fact sheet Care Fees in Aged Care Facilities
Accommodation Costs – you will only pay an accommodation costs if you have income and assets over a certain amount.
- You will pay either an ‘accommodation contribution’ – If you need to pay for part of your accommodation the Australian Government will pay the rest.
- Or an ‘accommodation payment’ – If you are not eligible for assistance with your accommodation costs and need to pay the full costs of your accommodation.
For more information see our fact sheet Accommodation Payments in Aged Care Facilities
Fees for extra or additional services
You may have to pay extra if you choose a higher standard of accommodation or extra services. These vary from home to home. Your aged care home provider can give you details of these services and the fees that apply.
What if I cannot pay the amounts stipulated by the Government?
Hardship provisions exist to help residents who have genuine difficulty paying fees and payments. See the application form at Department of Human Services website