Opt-in rules explained

14 June 2017

Those in care before 1 July 2014 are assessed under previous fee rules unless they opt in to the current arrangements.

Care recipients can choose to opt in to the post 1 July 2014 means testing arrangements if they haven’t spent more than 28 days outside of care - other than on approved leave – and plan to move to a new residential care service.

Under the pre-1 July 2014 rules the care recipient’s income and assets at date of entry are used to work out their accommodation costs and their income is used to work out their means tested care fee. They also pay a basic daily care fee.

Care recipients entering care after 1 July 2014 have their total income and assets included in 1 combined means test assessment. They also pay an accommodation fee based on their assets. This fee can change over time, based on changes to their assets. The basic daily care fee continues to apply.

For a care recipient to opt in to the post 1 July 2014 arrangements they need to complete the Continuing Care Recipient opting into the New Aged Care Arrangements from 1 July 2014 form and give it to the new service before starting care with them. The service submits the form to us and we transfer the care recipient to the new means testing arrangements.

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Page last updated: 27 August 2017