What are residential aged care supplements?
The Australian Government pays supplements to help with:
- the cost of meeting specific care needs
- accommodation costs, if people can’t afford them
If you have eligible residents, you get the supplement on their behalf. Supplement amounts are included in your subsidy payments.
When a resident is on some types of temporary leave, you will still get the subsidy up to a certain number of days.
Types of supplements
These are the supplements that apply to residential aged care. Find out about eligibility for each supplement, whether you need to apply and how to apply.
Other residential aged care supplements:
- Accommodation charge top-up supplement
- Accommodation supplement
- Basic daily fee supplement
- Concessional resident supplement
- Hardship supplement
- Higher accommodation supplement
- Homeless supplement
- Pensioner supplement
- Veterans supplement
- Transitional accommodation supplement
View the daily supplement rates in the Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements.
Who decides the supplement rates?
The Australian Government sets the 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 supplements vary?
Supplement rate changes
Care-related supplements are indexed once a year on 1 July. Accommodation-related supplements are indexed twice a year on 20 March and 20 September, in line with pension increases.
If a person takes leave from residential care, the Government may stop paying some supplements. It depends on how long their leave is for. Find out how leave affects supplement payments.
Details on the residential aged care subsidy eligibility for supplements are in:
- Chapter 2 of the Subsidy Principles 2014
- Chapter 2 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Principles 2014