Respite incentive supplement for high-level respite care

This supplement is for residential aged care providers who use an average of 70% or more of their respite care allocation over 12 months. It helps with the higher costs of providing respite care. Check eligibility and learn how to apply.

Applies to

This supplement is for residential aged care providers.

What is the supplement?

This supplement helps to cover the higher administration and care costs of high-level respite care. It’s an extension of the residential respite supplement.

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

Supplement rate

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


You can get this supplement for eligible care recipients if you use an average of 70% or more of your respite care allocation each month for 12 months, up to and including the current claim month.

Care recipients are eligible if they have an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approval for high-level residential respite care.

An approved resident has 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

The Department of Human Services automatically pays this supplement for eligible care recipients.


If you meet the 70% target, your payment is made at the end of the month. Payment is for each of the high-level care respite days you provided during that month.



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