How much will I be asked to pay?

For residents who are assessed as eligible for government financial assistance, your accommodation contribution will be determined by the government assessment. All other accommodation prices are published on our website for each of our sites, and are regulated by the government. Regardless of your financial situation, you will always get the care you need.

Please call our Care Options Team on 1800 180 781 to discuss your individual circumstances.

What is an accommodation payment?

Depending on your government mean testing assessment, you may be asked to contribute to the cost of your accommodation in residential care. This may be as either a lump sum payment (Refundable Accommodation Deposit - RAD) or as a regular periodic payment (Daily Accommodation Payment – DAP), or a combination of both.

What happens if I am not eligible to pay an accommodation payment?

If you are assessed as not being eligible to pay a RAD, you will still get the care you need. The residential care service will receive a full rate of government assistance to ensure you receive the highest levels of care.

What are my payment options?

Accomodation charges can either be a lump sum payment (Refundable Accommodation Deposit – RAD) or a regular daily payment (Daily Accommodation Payment – DAP), or a combination of both.

If the accommodation charge is paid as a lump sum (RAD) it is refundable, unless you choose to pay other charges from this.

What happens when I leave residential care services?

When you leave, your Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) will be refunded back to you, minus any payments which you have chosen to have deducted from the RAD. The timeframes under which the RAD will be refunded are legislated by the government, and are influenced by your particular circumstances.

What is a basic daily fee?

This fee acts as a contribution towards living expenses such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling.

Who has to pay a basic daily fee?

All residents of Australian Government subsidised aged care can be asked to a pay the basic daily fee.

How much will I have to pay for the basic daily fee?

The basic daily fee is calculated using a percentage of the single age pension. Most residents pay the standard rate, which is 85% of the single rate of the basic age pension, but this does depend on the circumstances.
The basic daily fee is indexed on 20 March and 20 September each year, in line with the indexation and increases to the age pension.

How is the accommodation charge calculated?

1. Calculate the value of your assets.
2. Subtract $46,500 from the answer to Step 1.
3. Divide the result by 2,080 to give a daily accommodation amount (or a maximum of $35.37).
4. If the calculated amount is less than $1, no charge is applicable.

What is a basic daily fee?

This fee acts as a contribution towards accommodation costs and living expenses, such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling.