Residential respite subsidy and supplements

The Australian Government pays subsidies and supplements to residential aged care providers on behalf of residents in respite care.

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.

Respite supplement

The respite supplement is payable to residential aged care providers for each day a respite resident is in your care.

The supplement helps to cover residential respite care recipients’ accommodation costs. 

You can only receive the respite supplement if you are eligible for the residential respite subsidy. 

Services Australia automatically pays this supplement for eligible care recipients.

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
  • 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.

Managing residential respite care allowances

Learn more about how to manage residential respite care allowances.


Aged care subsidies and supplements contact

Email us if you have questions about aged care subsidies or supplements for approved providers.
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