24/7 registered nurse supplement for residential aged care

From 1 July 2023, eligible residential aged care services can get a supplement to help deliver a registered nurse onsite and on duty 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

About the 24/7 RN supplement

The 24/7 registered nurse (RN) supplement helps residential aged care services employ extra RNs to be onsite and on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Services with more than 60 residents are fully funded through Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) Basic Subsidy to deliver 24-hour 7-day a week RN care.

For services with 60 residents or less, the supplement provides additional support to meet the requirement.

The supplement is available to eligible providers from 1 July 2023.

Who the 24/7 RN supplement applies to

The 24/7 RN supplement is a non-means tested supplement and applies to residential aged care services with up to 60 residents (based on occupied beds). The supplement does not apply to flexible care services that are Multi-Purpose Services (MPS).

24/7 RN supplement rate

The 24/7 RN supplement rate is based on the number of residents in the service, with services with fewer residents receiving more funding. The rate is also based on the location of the service under the Modified Monash Model (MMM):

There are 2 supplement rates:

  1. services located in metropolitan locations (MMM 1–4)
  2. services located in rural, remote and very remote locations (MMM 5–7) to account for the additional costs that come with working in these areas.

Monthly supplement funding level

Monthly supplement funding

Number of residents

MMM 1–4 ($)

MMM 5–7 ($)

1–5

 21,416.67

 61,083.33

6–10

 21,416.67

 55,083.33

11–15

 21,416.67

 48,166.67

16–20

 21,416.67

 41,666.67

21–25

 21,416.67

 32,916.67

26–30

 21,416.67

 25,333.33

31–35

 15,000.00

 19,000.00

36–40

 11,500.00

 14,000.00

41–45

 10,166.67

 12,250.00

46–50

 9,333.33

 10,250.00

51–55

 7,666.67

 8,750.00

56–60

 7,083.33

 8,000.00

61+ residents

0

0

Rate updates

The supplement rate will be adjusted each year on 1 July, with consideration to advice from Independent Hospital and Aged Care Pricing Authority on the cost of delivering RN care.

From 2024-25, additional AN-ACC funding will be provided to support services to deliver an additional 15 minutes of care minutes per resident per day. When this happens, the RN supplement will reduce, and only be available to facilities of 50 residents or less.

How to apply

You do not need to apply for the 24/7 RN supplement.

Services Australia automatically pays this supplement to eligible services.

Payment

The supplement is paid monthly in line with other residential aged care subsidies and supplements.

Exemptions

From 1 July 2023, residential aged care services must have an RN onsite and on duty 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Residential aged care services with 30 or less approved beds in MMM 5–7 locations are eligible for a one-off 12-month exemption from the 24/7 RN requirement. Exempt services will not receive the RN supplement.

Services that qualify for an exemption but opt to provide 24-hour RN care will receive this supplement.

For more information, see the aged care 24/7 RN requirement the Care Minutes and 24/7 Nursing Requirements Guide.

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