Basic daily fee supplement for aged care

This supplement helps to cover the costs of the increase to the basic daily fee from 1 July 2012. Find out who’s eligible to get this supplement and how much residential aged care providers get on behalf of eligible residents.

Applies to

This supplement is for residential aged care providers. 

What is the supplement?

The basic daily fee increased on 1 July 2012. This supplement helps residents who did not get any financial support to meet the fee increase. 

Supplement rate

View the current supplement rate in the Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements.  


A resident is eligible for the basic daily fee supplement if, on 1 July 2012, if they did not have: 

  • an age pension 

  • a service pension 

  • a seniors supplement  

  • a seniors health card 

You must have: 

  • received a subsidy for the resident under Chapter 3 of the Aged Care Act 1997 between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2014 

  • received a subsidy for the resident under Chapter 3 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 since 1 July 2014 

Full eligibility criteria is in Section 39 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Principles 2014. 

For these residents, you cannot charge more than 84% of the single basic age pension. The fee amount changes with the pension amount every March and September. 

This supplement is not available for respite care. 

How to apply

You do not need to apply. 

Services Australia automatically pays this supplement for eligible care recipients. 


Aged care subsidies and supplements contact

Email us if you have questions about aged care subsidies or supplements for approved providers.

subsidiesandsupplements [at]

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Last updated: 
22 January 2020