You own your home

If you own the home you live in and you’re moving into aged care, we need to know about it.

When you get a Home Care Package

When you get a Home Care Package, we don’t need to know about the home you’re living in.

Read more about applying for an aged care calculation of your cost of care when you’re getting a Home Care Package.

When you move into an aged care home

When you move into aged care we use your financial details to work out how much you’ll pay towards your aged care costs. This includes details about your family home and the people living there. We may not count your home if:

  • your partner or dependent child is living in your home
  • you have a carer or close relative living in your home.

If this person moves out, your home may start to count. Keep your details up to date so we can tell you about changes to the amount you pay.

When your partner or dependent child lives in your home

When you apply for an aged care calculation of your cost of care, we’ll get all the information we need to assess your home. Your loved one won’t need to do anything.

When your carer or close relative lives in your home

Check if this person is a carer or close relative for aged care purposes. When you apply for an aged care calculation of your cost of care, we’ll need information about this person.

Read more about what carers or close relatives need to do, including how to give us their details.

You have a carer for aged care purposes

A carer for aged care purposes meets all the following:

  • they provide daily care for you
  • they’ve lived with you for the past 2 years
  • they’re eligible for an income support payment.

Your carer doesn’t need to be getting an income support payment. They just need to be eligible for one.

You have a close relative for aged care purposes

A close relative for aged care purposes meets all the following:

  • they’re your parent, sister, brother, child or grandchild
  • they’ve lived with you for the past 5 years
  • they’re eligible for an income support payment.

Your close relative doesn’t need to be getting an income support payment. They just need to be eligible for one.

Find out how to apply for an aged care calculation of cost of care.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021