The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.D.13 Daily fees (residential aged care)


These definitions apply to all payments.

Definition: basic daily fee

All residents in aged care homes can be asked to pay a basic daily fee as a contribution towards living expenses, like meals, power and laundry.

Definition: means tested care fee

This is an additional contribution towards the cost of care that some residents may be required to pay depending on their income and assets.

Residents in care on 30 June 2014 make a contribution to their care costs based on their income only.

Definition: amount of fees

Services Australia will assess a person's income and assets and advise the resident and provider of the maximum fees and charges payable.

The Australian Government sets the maximum level of the daily fees.

In addition to the fees listed above a resident can also be asked to make a contribution towards their accommodation costs.

For further information on fees and charges in residential aged care:

  • go to My Aged Care, or
  • contact My Aged Care by phone on 1800 200 422.

Act reference: Aged Care Act 1997

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