How we calculate fees for residential care

Read about the various aged care fees and charges.

Basic daily fee

The maximum basic daily fee for all aged care residents is 85% of the single basic Aged Pension daily payment.

All care recipients pay this amount for living costs in residential care. It’s paid to you, as the service provider, for costs such as meals, electricity and laundry. For some people, this is the only fee they need to pay.

Means tested care fee

We ask care recipients for details about their income and assets to work out how much they can pay for their aged care services. The amount they pay is based on their individual details. We review the amount every 3 months.

People who don’t provide income and asset details will pay maximum fees for aged care services up to the cap.

Accommodation payment

The accommodation payment is for the care recipient’s accommodation in residential care. How much people pay is based on their income assessment. Some people may need to pay the accommodation price agreed with their residential care provider.

Additional fees

Additional fees may apply if the care recipient chooses a higher standard of accommodation or additional services. These services and fees are arranged between you and the care recipient.


If your care recipient is having trouble meeting their care costs, or is in financial hardship, they may be able to get financial hardship assistance.

You may get a hardship supplement on the care recipient’s behalf to help cover the cost of their care.

My Aged Care

Your care recipient can find out more about aged care fees and charges on the My Aged Care website. They can also speak with My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

Page last updated: 3 March 2022.
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