Accommodation Supplement

Page last updated: 07 June 2017

The accommodation supplement is paid on behalf of eligible care recipients who first entered permanent residential care on or after 20 March 2008.

Eligibility

For residents who entered care on or after 20 March 2008 and before 1 July 2014:

Eligibility is based on the net assessed value of their assets at the date they first entered care.  Care recipients who meet the eligibility criteria are supported residents as defined in section 44-5B of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997.

For residents who entered care on or after 1 July 2014:

Eligibility is based on the net assessed value of both their income and assets at the date they first entered care.  Care recipients who meet the eligibility criteria are low-means residents as defined in section 5 of the Subsidy Principles 2014.

Rates of accommodation supplement

There are three rates of accommodation supplement:

See the schedule of subsidies and supplements for current rates.

Reductions in amount of accommodation supplement

Supported Resident Ratio: The rate of accommodation supplement that is payable in a facility is reduced by 25 per cent on each day that the facility does not have more than 40 per cent of low-means residents and supported residents.

Means Test: For eligible residents who entered care between 20 March 2008 and 30 June 2014, the rate of accommodation supplement may be reduced if they had net assets over the asset free threshold when they first entered care.

For eligible residents who entered care on or after 1 July 2014, the rate of accommodation supplement may be reduced if they have net assets or income over the income or asset free areas.

How to apply

The Department of Human Services automatically pays accommodation supplement for eligible care recipients.

Contact

For enquiries about aged care subsidies and supplements, email SubsidiesandSupplements@health.gov.au

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