Understanding the different costs and fees associated with aged care can be challenging. You’ll find some explanations below, however if you have further queries, we recommend you call 131 151 and one of our friendly staff will be available to assist you with your enquiry, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How much you pay depends on your individual circumstances. In most cases the majority of the cost is covered by the Commonwealth Government.
You may need to pay the following depending on your individual circumstances:
- A Basic Daily Care Fee
- A Means Tested Care Fee – annual and lifetime caps apply
- An Accommodation payment
- Extra Service or Additional Service Fees (where applicable)
What is a RAD / DAP?
Depending on your individual circumstances, you may need to make an Accommodation payment. The RAD and the DAP are the two ways you can choose to pay this.
The Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD)
is a lump sum payment which is fully refundable when the room is vacated.
The Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP)
is a daily payment which is not refundable.
You may also pay a combination of RAD and DAP. For example, part lump sum payment and part daily payment.
Daily Care Fee
All residents living in our aged-care facilities are required to pay a daily care fee. The maximum daily care fee equates to 85% of the basic single age pension. The rate increases on 20 March and 20 September each year in line with changes to the Age Pension.
Care Co-contribution (means test)
Depending on your assets and income, some permanent residents may be required to pay an additional contribution towards the cost of their care. This amount is calculated by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Veteran Affairs and is derived from the data you provide on the Department of Human Services Income and Assets Assessment form.
The rate is revised by the government every quarter and payment is made directly to Bethanie. There are annual and lifetime caps limits applied to this care fee. Once the limits are reached, you are not required to pay any more means-tested fee.
Financial Hardship Assistance
Financial Hardship Assistance is available if you have difficulty paying fees for residential care. To apply, simply complete and lodge the Department of Human Services Application for financial hardship assistance form