Residential respite subsidy and supplements

Page last updated: 07 August 2017

Residential care providers may receive respite subsidies and supplements for eligible residential respite care recipients. Residential care providers do not have a separate allocation of residential respite places. Rather a portion of each permanent allocation of residential care places is used for the provision of respite care, known as respite days.


Care Recipients

Care recipients must have an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approval for government-subsidised residential respite care. The ACAT approval will specify whether the care recipient is eligible for low or high level respite care, depending on the person’s care needs. A person who is approved for respite care can have up to 63 days of subsidised respite care in a financial year. This can be extended by up to 21 days at a time if approved by an ACAT.

Where a care recipient accesses residential respite, providers are responsible for checking their remaining respite care allowance. Respite care subsidies and supplements are not paid if the care recipient has used up their annual allowance of respite care days. Providers can check this allowance with Department of Human Services by calling 1800 195 206 or emailing

Residential care services

To receive the respite care subsidies and supplements, a residential care service must have an allocation of respite days. A service cannot claim respite subsidies for a day if the service’s respite allocation is exhausted.

The process for altering a service’s allocation of respite days depends on whether or not the number of respite days to be delivered by the service is linked to a condition of allocation.

Services wanting to vary their allocation of respite days should contact their local office of the Department of Health, the contact details for which can be found on the department’s website at:

Subsidies and supplements

A residential care service may be paid a subsidy and supplement for providing respite care to an eligible care recipient on an allocated respite day:

Low level respite care

  • a basic subsidy for low level residential respite; and
  • a low level respite care supplement for a care recipient approved for low level respite care.

High level respite care

  • a basic subsidy for high level residential respite; and
  • a high level respite care supplement for a care recipient approved for high level respite care.

Respite incentive supplement for high level respite care

An additional amount is available for eligible providers if they use an average of 70 per cent or more of their respite care allocation during the 12 months up to and including the month providing respite care. If the 70 per cent target is met, a payment is made at the end of the month for each of the high care respite days provided during that month.

Other supplements

Other supplements that may be payable on behalf of an eligible residential respite care recipient are:


For enquiries about respite subsidy and supplements, email

More information

Residential respite care

Schedule of aged care subsidies and supplements

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