Aged care means tests


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

ACAT test

This is where a team of aged care experts:

  • works out your needs
  • advises on the best kind of aged care for you
  • decides if your choice of aged care is suitable.

Find your nearest ACAT team at My Aged Care.

Means test

This is where we check your income and assets to work out how much of your aged care fees the government can pay.

You don’t have to have a means test. But if you don’t have one you won’t get help with aged care fees.

Find out more about income and assets assessment for aged care home costs.

You can apply for a means test at any time. You don’t have to wait until you’ve had an ACAT test.

If you get a pension from the Department of Veterans' Affairs, they'll complete your means test assessment.
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Page last updated: 6 February 2019