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Aged Care Guide
Elderly care, eldercare, also known as aged care in parts of the English speaking world. It is the fulfilment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. This broad term encompasses such services as assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing homes (often referred to as residential care) and home care. Because of the wide variety of elderly care found nationally, as well as differentiating cultural perspectives on elderly citizens, cannot be limited to any one practice.

Assessment by an ACAT is required before entering Aged Care Facility
Aged care in Australia is designed to make sure that every Australian can contribute as much as possible toward their cost of care, depending on their individual income and assets. This means that residents pay only what they can afford, and the Commonwealth government pays what a resident cannot.

Aged Care Fees, Charges and Payments
As a result of the aged care reforms, from 1 July 2014 changes were made to the way certain care fees are calculated in residential and home care and to how accommodation prices are charged. The new arrangements only apply to aged care residents and consumers of a home care package entering or commencing care on or after 1 July 2014.

For those residents entering, or consumers commencing residential and home care package FROM 1 July 2014, the following Schedule applies:
Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care From 1 January 2018

Residents who first entered aged care PRIOR to 1 July 2014
Residents in aged care prior to 1 July 2014 will remain on their current arrangements as per the attached Schedule:

Schedule of Fees and Charges for pre 1 July 2014 Residents From 1 January 2018
The Department maintains all Previous Fees and Charges.

Accommodation bond retention amounts will still apply to residents who transfer services after 1 July 2014 provided that the resident is not subject to the new fee arrangements. Further information can be found on the Accommodation Bond Retention Amounts webpage.

Maximum rates of interest also apply to residents who first entered care before 1 July 2014 and transfer to a new home on or after 1 July 2014 but are not subject to the new arrangements. Further information can be found on the Maximum Bond and Charge Interest Rate webpage.

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The basic daily fee is calculated daily, and you pay the basic daily fee every day that you are in an aged care home/facility - from the day your care starts, to the day you care ends. Your service provider can also ask you to pay the basic daily fee if you are on pre-entry leave (up to seven days before you move in). The basic daily fee is still paid while you are on social leave or hospital leave from your aged care home/facility.

The basic daily fee is generally paid to your service provider fortnightly or monthly and your provider can ask you to pay fees up to one month in advance.

You can find the current rates of the basic daily fee on the Schedule of Residential Fees and Charges.

Further information on the age pension and a full list of current pension rates is available on the Department of Human Services website.

Further information on the Service Pension and Income Support Supplement and their rates are available on the Department of Veterans' Affairs website.

Basic Daily Care Fee

A Basic Daily Fee is used for your day to day living costs such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling.

Everyone moving into an aged care home/facility can be asked to pay this fee.

This is in addition to the:

Means-Tested Care Fee
Accommodation Costs
Fees for extra and additional services

When you enter an aged care home/facility you will receive a letter from the Department of Human Services confirming your basic daily fee.

Fees & Rate

The basic daily care fee is 85% of the single person rate of the basic age pension.

From 20 September 2017, the single rate of the basic age pension is $814.00 per fortnight, making the basic daily fee (from 20 September 2017 to 19 March 2018).

$49.42 per day


$691.88 per fortnight

This amount is indexed with the age pension. This applies even if you are a member of a couple. This changes by few cents every year when age pension change in September and March.


From 1 July 2014, if you are living in an aged care home and are a former Prisoner of War (POW) or Victoria Cross (VC) recipient, the Department of Veterans' Affairs will pay the basic daily fee on your behalf and you will not have to pay a means-tested care fee. However, you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of your accommodation, depending on the outcome of your means test assessment.

For more information, contact Department of Veterans' Affairs on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 (for regional callers).


Department of Human Services please call 132 300 or 1800 227 475 (for regional callers).

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