The Australian Government subsidises a range of aged care services for seniors, including aged care facilities and aged care packages.
If you would like to access these subsidies, you will be asked to submit an Aged Care Calculation of your cost of care form (SA486) from the Australian Government’s Department of Human Services (DHS).
You can fill this form in online, print and sign it and send it to DHS with your supporting documents. The digital form uses dynamic questions tailored to your individual circumstances.
If you would prefer to use the simplified paper forms, they are as follows:
The Department will review your financial situation and determine if you will be asked to contribute to the cost of your care. You will never be denied care because you can’t afford it.
The fees for residential aged care include:
All residents pay a basic daily fee of 85% of the single basic Age Pension, covering your meals, cleaning, laundry, and utilities. For some people, this is the only fee you will need to pay. If you are a veteran or widow/er, contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to see if you are eligible for assistance with this fee.
Depending on the result of your asset and income assessment, you may need to pay an additional fee towards your aged care accommodation. There are caps set for the maximum amount you can pay in a year, and also for your lifetime. Once the maximum amount is reached, you will not need to pay any further fees. Any fees that you pay for in home care contributes to these caps.
Following your asset and income assessment, the government will advise you of the maximum accommodation charge for residential aged care, if any, Ozcare can ask you to pay. The cost of your aged care accommodation will also be based on the room and bathroom option that you choose (for example single or shared).
You can choose to pay for your accommodation with a refundable accommodation deposit (known as the RAD, paid as a lump sum), a daily accommodation payment (known as the DAP, accrued daily and paid monthly), or a combination of both. You have 28 days from the time you move in to a nursing home to choose how you will pay.
Find your nearest facility to view the available rooms and maximum prices you might be asked to pay.Find your nearest facility
Some aged care organisations charge extra fees for higher standard rooms or additional services such as visits from an allied health professional or getting a haircut from an onsite hairdresser.
Allied health services include:
Additional fees will differ between aged care providers. Ensure that you discuss and agree to prices before using extra services.
My Aged Care has a fee estimator to help you estimate what costs residential aged care facilities can ask you to pay.
Respite residents pay a basic daily fee of 85% of the single basic Age Pension which is payable a week in advance. If you have booked respite at short notice we will work out a payment arrangement with you.
If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for subsidised services. Contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to find out more.
To move into residential aged care you will need to be assessed by the Australian Government’s Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).Application Process
Find out about visiting hours, using your own doctor and what to bring in our list of frequently asked questions for aged care homes.FAQs
Once you have received your ACAT approval call us on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) to speak to your nearest facility. We will discuss your needs and confirm the aged care vacancies we have available.
You will need to complete the Ozcare residential respite care application pack, which are available from our aged care facilities.Call 1800 692 273
We are focused on ensuring we deliver outstanding quality of care by listening to you and your family to design your care around your personal needs and preferences.