Residential respite subsidy and supplements

The Australian Government pays subsidies and supplements to residential aged care providers on behalf of residents in respite care. There is a subsidy and supplement for low-level and high-level respite.

Who gets residential respite subsidies and supplements?

The Australian Government pays a subsidy to approved residential aged care providers for each person in residential respite care.

Providers don’t get a separate allocation of residential respite places. You must use a portion of your residential aged care places to provide respite care, known as respite days.

A person must have Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approval for government-subsidised residential respite care.

Current rates

See the daily rates in the Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements.

Types of residential respite subsidies and supplements

Supplement amounts are added to the subsidy we pay to you. Providers can be paid a subsidy for providing:

Low-level respite care

High-level respite care

Other supplements for residential respite recipients

Respite care recipients may also be eligible for:

Claiming residential respite subsidies

You need to submit a claim form each month. Make sure you include the details of each resident you’re claiming a subsidy for in that month.

You can claim by either:

Subsidy payment

You will receive an advance payment in the first few days of each month. Services Australia estimates the payment amount based on past payments.

When they get a claim form, Services Australia checks the advance payment against the form. If needed, Services Australia will either:

  • make an extra payment in the following month
  • reduce the following month’s payment

Services Australia may deduct other amounts from the payment, such as:

  • amounts to repay capital grants
  • recovery of overpayments


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

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