How much will I have to pay for the basic daily fee?

The basic daily fee is calculated using a percentage of the single age pension. Most residents pay the standard rate, which is 85% of the single rate of the basic age pension, but this does depend on the circumstances.
The basic daily fee is indexed on 20 March and 20 September each year, in line with the indexation and increases to the age pension.

How is the accommodation charge calculated?

1. Calculate the value of your assets.
2. Subtract $46,500 from the answer to Step 1.
3. Divide the result by 2,080 to give a daily accommodation amount (or a maximum of $35.37).
4. If the calculated amount is less than $1, no charge is applicable.

What is a basic daily fee?

This fee acts as a contribution towards accommodation costs and living expenses, such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling.

How do ACATs assess the type of care I need?

Whether you live at home or are in hospital, ACATs can visit you to discuss exactly what it is you need.
Team members simply ask you a series of questions that are designed to determine how much and what type of help you need.
With your permission, the ACAT will also make contact with your doctor. This helps them to gain important information about your medical history, which helps with the assessment process.

Who has to pay a basic daily fee?

All residents of Australian Government subsidised aged care can be asked to a pay the basic daily fee.

How much will I have to pay for the basic daily fee?

The basic daily fee is calculated using a percentage of the single age pension. Most residents pay the standard rate, which is 85% of the single rate of the basic age pension, but this does depend on the circumstances.
The basic daily fee is indexed on 20 March and 20 September each year, in line with the indexation and increases to the age pension.

Will I have to pay anything else besides the basic daily fee?

Some residents have to pay a means-tested fee, in addition to the basic daily fee. This is determined by Centrelink on behalf of the Department of Social Services.

What are my rights during an assessment?

- To be treated with dignity and respect.
- To be provided with correct and complete information about the assessment process.
- To be listened to.
- To have someone with you, such as a carer, close friend or relative.
- To have an interpreter (which ACAT can arrange).
- To receive independent advice from an advocate, or have them act on your behalf.

What is a means-tested fee?

Depending on assets and the amount of care required, residents in permanent residential care may be asked to pay an income tested fee on top of the daily basic fee.

How is my income assessed?

Your income is usually assessed by Centrelink. However, if you receive a regular service pension or income support supplement from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), they will assess your income.
If you do not receive any pension, when you enter care you will need to provide information about your income to Centrelink.