Residential Care Supplements

Page last updated: 07 August 2017

Supplements that may be available to eligible approved providers of residential care. The schedule of aged care subsidies and supplements contains the current rates for residential care supplements.

Oxygen Supplement

The oxygen supplement is a primary supplement paid on behalf of residential care recipients (including those accessing respite) and home care recipients with a specified medical need for the continual administration of oxygen. Read more about the oxygen supplement.

Enteral Feeding Supplement

The enteral feeding supplement is a primary supplement paid to aged care providers of residential care (including respite) and home care for care recipients with a specified medical need for enteral feeding. Read more about the enteral feeding supplement.

Residential Respite Supplement

The respite supplement is payable for each eligible day a respite resident is in care, in acknowledgment of the higher administration and care costs of respite care.

Read more about the residential respite subsidy and supplement.  

Accommodation Supplement

The accommodation supplement is payable on behalf of residents receiving permanent residential aged care who do not have the capacity to contribute to all or part of the cost of their accommodation. Read more about the accommodation supplement.

From 1 July 2014, the Government increased its accommodation supplement paid on behalf of eligible residents who receive aged care in either:

  • new residential aged care facilities that have been completed on or after 20 April 2012; or
  • existing residential aged care facilities that have been significantly refurbished on or after 20 April 2012.

Read more about the higher accommodation supplement.

Hardship Supplement

The hardship supplement is available to residents in genuine financial hardship who do not have income or realisable assets to pay their costs of aged care due to circumstances beyond their control. In general, residents need to apply for a hardship supplement. Applications for individual financial hardship supplement may be submitted for both residential respite and permanent care. Read more about the hardship supplement in residential care.

The Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care

The veterans’ supplement in residential care facilitates access to residential care for veterans with a mental health condition accepted by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as related to their service. Read more about the veterans’ supplement in residential care.

Viability Supplement

The viability supplement in residential care is a payment made to small, rural aged care service providers to assist with the higher costs of providing quality care to care recipients. Read more about the viability supplement.

Homeless Supplement

The homeless supplement aims to better support aged care homes that specialise in caring for people with a history of, or who are at risk of, homelessness. Read more about the homeless supplement.

Concessional  Resident Supplement

The concessional resident supplement is payable on behalf of eligible concessional residents and assisted residents who initially entered permanent aged care between 1 October 1997 and 19 March 2008. 

Concessional residents could not be asked to pay either an accommodation bond or accommodation charge. Assisted residents could be asked to pay either a small accommodation bond or accommodation charge.

The rate of supplement paid to a service depends on the status of the facility’s buildings (i.e. whether  it is newly built or significantly refurbished since 20 April 2012) and whether more than 40 per cent of residents are supported residents, concessional residents, assisted residents and low-means care recipients. Information about the concessional resident supplement is at Section 20 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Principles 2014.

Transitional Supplement

The transitional supplement is payable for pre-2008 reform residents who were residents in an aged care home on 30 September 1997, or who entered the service after 30 September 1997 but before it was certified, and who have remained in the same home since then. Information about the transitional supplement is at Sections 32 and 33 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Principles 2014.

Charge Exempt Resident Supplement

The charge exempt resident supplement is payable for residents who were in permanent high care on 30 September 1997 and who have subsequently moved to another service where they would have otherwise been eligible to pay an accommodation charge. 

The following residents cannot be charge-exempt: 

  • residents of uncertified aged care services cannot start paying an accommodation charge and therefore, cannot become charge-exempt residents until the service becomes certified 
  • residents receiving low level care and those receiving care on an extra service basis cannot be asked to pay the accommodation charge 
  • concessional and fully supported residents, as they cannot be asked to pay an accommodation charge 
  • residents who were receiving a low level of care on 30 September 1997. 

Information about the charge exempt resident supplement is at Sections 21, 22 and 23 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Principles 2014.

Transitional  Accommodation Supplement

The transitional accommodation supplement is payable for some permanent residents who entered low level care after 20 March 2008 and before 19 September 2011, for whom the level of the accommodation supplement would be less than the level of the pensioner supplement that it replaced. Information about the transitional accommodation supplement is at Sections 36 and 37 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Principles 2014.

Accommodation Charge Top-Up Supplement

The accommodation charge top-up supplement is payable for high care residents who were on an income support payment and entered aged care between 20 March 2008 and 19 March 2010 and who were eligible to pay an accommodation charge. The supplement recognises that pensioners who entered high care during that period may pay a lower accommodation charge than self-funded care recipients. Information about the accommodation charge top-up supplement is at Sections 34 and 35 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Principles 2014.

Basic Daily Fee Supplement

The basic daily fee supplement is payable for residents who did not receive any financial support from the Government to ensure that they were not financial disadvantaged by the increase to the basic daily fee from 1 July 2012. As a condition of this supplement, providers are unable to increase the percentage rate of the maximum basic daily fee for eligible residents above its current maximum level. Information about the basic daily fee supplement is at Sections 38 and 39 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Principles 2014

Pensioner Supplement

The pensioner supplement is payable for pre-March 2008 reform residents who either have a dependent child or receive an income support payment and have not agreed to pay a ‘big bond’. If the person entered the service before 20 September 2009, a ‘big bond’ is more than 10 times the basic age pension amount at the time of entry into care. If the person entered the service on or after 20 September 2009, a ‘big bond’ is more than nine times the basic age pension amount at the time of entry into care. Information about the pensioner supplement is at Section 44-28 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997.

Contacts

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

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