Schedule of Fees & Charges for Residential and Home Care:
(From 20th September 2019)

The financial complexities of arranging a move into care can be quite confusing.

CADAPS handles every concern with efficiency and expertise, making the transition smooth and effortless.

*This Schedule only applies to care recipients who first enter care from 1 July 2014*

Submitting Application for Permanent Care

An Aged Care Client Record (ACCR) – Support Plan. This can be obtained through your doctor, social worker, or CADAPS can assist you with the application to MyAgedCare.
To enter Aged Care all applicants are required to have a valid Support Plan with Aged Care Approval (Formerly ACCR). The Aged Care Assessment team usually visit you at home and do an assessment on all your care needs.  You will receive a copy of the support plan once the paperwork is completed by the Aged Care Assessment Team.  Please include this assessment with your application.

The Support plan is free (funded by the government).

Application form

We can assist you with the application process and review the agreements / contracts prior to entering care.
Asset and Income assessment from Centrelink/DVA

The Request for Combined Income and Assets Assessment form needs to be completed and forwarded to Centrelink/DVA no later than 28 days post admission. We can assist you with this process.

You will then receive advice from Centrelink/DVA about your financial circumstances and any Means Tested Care Fee that may be payable. We will assist in reconciling the outcome letter with what was submitted to ensure it is correct.

What are the costs?

There are three types of payments for residential aged care:
•  Daily Care fee
•  Means Tested fee (for some residents)
•  Accommodation payments (Entry Fees)

Additional services fees (Charged by some facilities)

Daily care fee

This fee is determined by the Department of Human Services and is charged by all aged care facilities for permanent and respite care.

It equates to around 85% of the aged pension and is reviewed twice yearly, in line with pensions.

Means Tested Fee 

Eligibility for means tested care fees is determined upon the completion of the Combined Asset and Income Tested form which is submitted to Centrelink/DVA depending on the pension you receive.

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Daily Care Fee

Residential Care $51.63

Asset Thresholds Residential Care Means Test

Asset Free Threshold $49,500.00
First Asset Threshold $169,079.20
Second Asset Threshold $408,237.60

Income Free Area (annual amount) Home Care and Residential Care

Annual Income up to these amounts is excluded from the income test component of the residential means test and the income test in home care. To calculate the equivalent fortnightly income divide by 26.

Income Free Area (single person) $27,463.80
Income Free Area (Couple, Illness separated, single rate) $26,943.80
Income Free Area (Couple, Living together, single rate) (relevant to Home Care only) $21,294.00

Cap on Means Tested Care Fees in Residential Care

Annual Cap $27,754.52

Centrelink Aged Pension rates (Current)

Maximum basic rate $850.40 $641.00 $1,282.00 $850.40
Maximum Pension Supplement $68.90 $51.90 $103.80 $68.50
Energy Supplement $14.10 $10.60 $21.20 $14.10
Total $933.40 $703.50 $1,407.00 $933.40

Centrelink/DVA will advise you via a letter once the assessment is completed on what means tested fee you will be required to pay, if any.

A facility in no way benefits from this fee. The government reduces the subsidies they receive for the care they provide to the resident.

Means Tested care fees are capped on an annual and lifetime basis.
Once you have reached your cap you will only be asked to pay the basic daily care fee and your agreed costs.

Accommodation payments (Entry Fees)
The RAD payment is the fee to fund the resident’s accommodation
These payments contribute towards the cost of accommodation in a residential aged care facility. It is only paid if the resident’s assets exceed the amount determined by the government.

The payment method must be decided within 28 days of entering care.

The entry fee (lump sum component) is fully refundable when the resident departs. A certificate of probate is required if the resident passes away. Upon receipt of probate certificate the entry fee will be refunded in full within 14 days.

Payment method can be either:
•  Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD); or Refundable Accommodation Contribution (RAC)
•  Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) ; or Daily Accommodation Contribution (DAC)
•  Or a combination of both.