Aged care entry requirements for providers

How fees for Residential Care are calculated

There are various aged care fees and charges that may apply.

Basic daily fee

The maximum basic daily fee for all aged care residents is 85% of the single basic Age Pension daily payment rate. All care recipients pay this amount towards living costs in residential care. It’s paid to service providers to cover living costs such as meals, electricity and laundry. For some, it’s the only fee they need to pay.

Means tested care fee

Some care recipients pay an additional contribution to their cost of care if their combined assets and income assessment shows they have the financial capacity to do so.

Accommodation payment

The accommodation payment is for the care recipient’s accommodation in residential care. Depending on their means, some people have their accommodation costs paid in full or part by the government, while others need to pay the accommodation price agreed with the residential care provider.

Additional fees

Additional fees may apply if the care recipient chooses a higher standard of accommodation or additional services. The details of these services and fees that apply are between the care recipient and you as their provider.


If the care recipient is having trouble meeting their care costs or is in financial hardship they may be eligible for financial hardship assistance.

You may receive a hardship supplement on the care recipient’s behalf to help cover the cost of their care.

My Aged Care

The care recipient can read more about the aged care fees and charges that may apply to them on the My Aged Care website. They can also call the My Aged Care Information Line on 1800 200 422.

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Page last updated: 22 February 2019