Managing fees for Home Care Packages
As a home care provider, you’re responsible for correctly managing home care fees. Find out when you can charge fees, what the options are if a person is in financial hardship, and when you must refund fees.
You must include a person’s fees in their:
When you can charge fees
You cannot ask anyone to pay home care fees before their Home Care Package begins.
Once you have entered into a home care agreement, you can ask them to pay fees up to one month in advance.
You must provide invoices that are clear and easy to understand.
To find out about the home care fees you can charge, go to fees for Home Care Packages.
The hardship supplement is available to home care recipients who:
- started home care from 1 July 2014
- are in genuine financial hardship
- cannot pay their fees due to circumstances beyond their control
Find out more about the hardship supplement.
People who started their home care before 1 July 2014 are not eligible for financial hardship assistance. They can negotiate lower fees with you as set out in the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997.
You must refund any fees:
- paid in advance if a person dies, ends their Home Care Package or moves to another service provider
- a person has overpaid
You cannot include home care fees paid in advance and overpaid fees in the calculation of unspent funds.