Residential respite supplement for aged care

The residential respite supplement is to help cover the costs of providing respite care. Approved residential aged care providers can get this supplement for eligible respite care recipients. Learn more about the supplement and how it’s applied.

Applies to

This supplement is for residential aged care providers.

What is the supplement?

The residential respite supplement is payable for each day a respite resident is in your care.

The supplement helps to cover residential respite care recipients’ accommodation costs.

There are 2 levels of respite care: low level and high level.

You can get a higher supplement if you use an average of 70% or more of your respite care allocation over 12 months.

Read more about the respite incentive supplement for high-level respite care.

Varying your allocation of respite days

To vary your allocation of respite days, contact your local state or territory Department of Health office.

Supplement rate

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


You can only receive the residential respite supplement if you are eligible for the residential respite care subsidy.

Eligible care recipients must have an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approval for government-subsidised residential respite care.

ACAT approval will determine whether the care recipient is eligible for low-level or high-level respite care.

An approved care recipient will have up to 63 days of subsidised respite care. An ACAT can approve an extension of the number of subsidised respite days by up to 21 days at a time.

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.

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Services Australia aged care providers enquiry line

Call Services Australia for help with aged care claims and payments. This includes supplement claims, approved provider forms, online claiming registrations, transitional and respite care extensions, and the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI). [at]

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Last updated: 
22 January 2020