Aged care means tests

How we assess your income and assets to see if you can get help to pay for aged care.

You need to know

Eligibility

To be able to get help paying for aged care you need as assessment from an Aged Care Assessment Team and an aged care means test from us.

Read more about eligibility

Quarterly review of aged care fees

We review your aged care fees every 3 months. This means we:

  • look at changes to your care needs or financial position
  • set your fees for the next 3 months
  • work out if you should get any refunds

Your new fees start each year on:

  • 1 January
  • 20 March
  • 1 July
  • 20 September

 

Asking us to review your aged care fees

You can ask us to review your aged care fees if you have a change of circumstances. This could be a change of income or in the value of your assets.

When we’ve done the review we send letters to:

  • you and your nominee to let you know if your fees will change
  • your aged care provider

If the fee changes, we’ll start your new rate from the date of the review.

Your Centrelink payments when you go into aged care

Most people keep getting the same amount of pension after they move into an aged care home.

Read more about your Centrelink payments when you go into aged care

Someone to deal with us for you

You can choose someone to deal with us for you if you're in residential aged care or getting a home care package.

Read more about someone to deal with us for you

Home Care

Home care is where you get aged care services in your own home.

Read more about help at home on the My Aged Care website.

Aged care means test assessment for home care

We assess your income to work out if you can get help with home aged care.

Read more about the means test assessment for home care

Financial hardship assistance if you get home care

You may be able to get help from us if you're having trouble paying your home care fees.

Read more about financial hardship assistance if you get home care

Residential Care

Residential Care is where you live in an aged care home.

Read more about residential care on the My Aged Care website.

Aged care means test for residential care

We assess your income and assets to work out if you can get help with residential aged care accommodation.

Read more about the means test for residential care

Financial hardship assistance if you're in residential aged care

You may be able to get help from us if you’re having trouble paying your fees for residential aged care.

Read more about financial hardship assistance for residential care recipients

Related payments and services

Page last updated: 16 October 2017