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1.1.A.18 Accommodation charge


This definition applies to all payments.


This term is defined in the Aged Care Act 1997 and applies to aged care residents who entered aged care prior to 1 July 2014. An accommodation charge is a daily amount a person requiring care may be asked to pay to an approved provider when they enter a residential care service (1.1.R.220) through which care is, or is to be provided.

A charge can only be levied by an aged care home that is certified as meeting minimum building and care standards.

The charge is determined by the value of the resident's assets.

Act reference: Aged Care Act 1997 Schedule 1-Dictionary

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