Understanding fees and payment options
The costs of residential aged care are made up of a number of parts.Depending on your situation you may be asked to pay one or more of following costs.
A basic daily fee
This covers living costs such as meals, power and laundry. For some people this will be the only fee they are required to pay.
A means-tested care fee
This is a means-tested fee that is payable by some residents. It’s an additional contribution to the cost of the care you receive in a residential aged care home. You can download the Combined Assets and Income Assessment form from the Department of Human Services.
Although this fee is collected by the aged care home it is paid to the government as a contribution towards the care you receive.
An accommodation payment
This is the cost associated with the accommodation, including the room that you will occupy. For some people this cost is met in full, or in part by the government (based on an assessment of your income and assets).
Residents can choose to make their accommodation payment in one of three ways:
- A Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD). You can pay the room price in full as a lump sum amount. This amount is held by the home for the duration of your residency, and is fully refundable to you when you leave.
- A Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP). You can choose to not pay the lump sum amount, but a daily interest equivalent amount added to your monthly fees.
- A combination of RAD and DAP. You can pay any portion of the RAD lump sum amount, and pay the remaining balance as a DAP equivalent.
Fees for extra or additional optional services: you may also choose to access additional optional services for you or your family member. In this instance additional fees would apply.