Higher Accommodation Supplement – Newly Built Services

Page last updated: 08 September 2014

This information was distributed on September 04, 2014

Dear Aged Care Stakeholder,

Approved providers who built, or significantly refurbished, a residential care service on or after 20 April 2012 are entitled to receive the higher accommodation supplement on behalf of care recipients eligible to receive assistance from the Government with their accommodation costs. The accommodation supplement for these facilities increased from 1 July 2014 from $34.20 per day to $52.49 per day.

Services in newly built facilities (as defined under Section 50 of the Aged Care (Subsidy, Fees and Payments) Determination 2014) do not need to apply to the Department to receive the higher accommodation supplement, as they will be identified using existing information held by the Department.

The newly built services identified by the Department as eligible for the higher supplement as at 1 July 2014 have been notified by letter of their eligibility.

The higher supplement will be payable from 1 July 2014 for services that qualify as newly built where the work was completed between 20 April 2012 and 30 June 2014.

The completion date is the date on which the facility was deemed suitable for occupancy by the relevant state/territory building authority.

If you think that your service qualifies as a newly built service eligible to receive the supplement from 1 July 2014, and you have not received advice to that effect, please contact the Department via e-mail: higher.accommodation.supplement@dss.gov.au.

Ageing and Aged Care Stream
Department of Social Services