Residential care fees, charges and payments

Page last updated: 20 November 2017

Residential care fees, charges and payments that residential care recipients can be asked to pay to their aged care provider.

The Government pays for the bulk of aged care in Australia by paying care subsidies and supplements to providers. However, residents of aged care homes may be asked to contribute towards the cost of their care and accommodation if they can afford to do so. 

Fees for existing residents BEFORE 1 July 2014 

For residents who were already in care before 1 July 2014, their fees and charges continue to be calculated in the same way as before the changes. 

Fees for residents who enter care AFTER 1 July 2014

On 1 July 2014, the way fees and payments for residential care are calculated changed. 

Aged care fees, charges and payments 

The latest schedule of the aged care residential fees, charges and payments.

Residential care fee administration

Information about how frequently residents will need to pay. Information about the resident agreement and actions an aged care provider may take if a resident does not pay their fees or is late in paying their fees.

Residential care leave arrangements 

Fees payable while a resident is on leave.

Resources for fees, charges and payments 

Information and practical guidance for providers and consumers on Government fees, charges and payments.

Removal of the rental income exemption

Changes to rental income for the aged care means test that affect all residents who enter care from 1 January 2016.

Additional care and services, including 'capital refurbishment type fees' 

Additional information to assist providers understand their responsibilities toward residents’ when charging additional service fees.