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 AN-ACC daily basic subsidy
- add any initial entry adjustment payments
- add any primary supplements
- subtract any reductions
- add any other supplements
AN-ACC daily basic subsidy
The AN-ACC daily basic subsidy for permanent care recipients has two components:
- a variable component based on the care recipient’s AN-ACC classification.
- a fixed component (Base Care Tariff or BCT) to account for shared costs across all residents which vary by location and type of provider.
View the AN-ACC Base Care Tariff and variable rates in the Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements.
Initial entry adjustment payment
This payment is payable each time a permanent care recipient enters a residential aged care facility. It helps to cover costs associated with transitioning a new resident into care.
View the initial entry adjustment payment rate 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:
- Submit your claim online.
- Fill out the form and send it to Services Australia.
When a resident is on some types of temporary leave, you will still get the subsidy up to a certain number of days.
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. From 1 July 2023, annual funding increases in residential care will be informed by advice from the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority.
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.
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.