Pensioner supplement for aged care

The pensioner supplement is for aged care residents who have a dependant or who receive income support. Find out about eligibility and how much you get on behalf of eligible residents.

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Applies to

The pensioner supplement is for residential aged care providers.

What is the supplement?

The Government pays the pensioner supplement directly to providers to help cover eligible residents’ accommodation costs.

Supplement rate

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

Eligibility

A resident is eligible for a pensioner supplement if they are a pre-2008 reform resident and either:

  • have a dependent child
  • are getting an income support payment but have not agreed to pay a large accommodation bond.

A resident without a dependent child is not eligible if they:

  • entered care before 20 September 2009 and paid, or agreed to pay, an accommodation bond that was more than 10 times the basic age pension at the time they entered care
  • entered care on or after 20 September 2009 and paid, or agreed to pay, an accommodation bond that was more than 9 times the basic age pension at the time they entered care

When calculating bond amounts, round up to the nearest $500.

How to apply

You do not need to apply. 

Services Australia automatically pays this supplement for eligible care recipients. 

Contact

Aged care subsidies and supplements contact

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

subsidiesandsupplements [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
22 January 2020
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