Subsidy for residential aged care

The Australian Government pays approved providers a subsidy on behalf of each person receiving residential aged care. To calculate the subsidy amount, start with the basic subsidy rate. Then add any supplements and subtract any reductions that apply.

What is the residential aged care subsidy?

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

For respite care, go to residential respite care subsidies and supplements.

Calculating the subsidy

To calculate your total amount of subsidy:

  • start with the basic subsidy
  • add any primary supplements
  • subtract any reductions
  • add any other supplements

Basic subsidy

Use the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) to submit a claim to Services Australia so they can calculate the basic residential aged care subsidy.

Current ACFI rates are in the Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements.

Primary and other supplements

Supplements provide extra funding for specific care needs. For some supplements, we automatically check eligibility for you. For others, you need to apply.

View the daily supplement rates in the Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements.


Reductions apply if the resident gets a compensation payment or pays care fees.

How to claim

You must submit a claim form each month. The form must include the details of each resident you’re claiming a subsidy for in that month.

There are two ways to claim:

When a resident is on some types of temporary leave, you will still get the subsidy up to a certain number of days.

Subsidy payments

You will get 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

Who decides the subsidy rates?

The Australian Government sets the subsidy and supplement rates.

When can the subsidy vary?

Subsidy rate changes

The subsidy- and care-related supplements are indexed once a year on 1 July.

Supplements that relate to accommodation are indexed twice a year, on 20 March and 20 September, in line with pension increases.

Temporary leave

If a person takes leave from residential care, their subsidy may decrease, depending on the type of leave they take and how long their leave is for.

Find out how leave affects subsidy payments.

Reforms to residential aged care funding

We are improving the way we work out residential aged care funding.

Find out what’s happening in residential aged care funding reform.


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: 
2 November 2020

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