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