Fees and Charges for Residential Aged Care

The Australian Government subsidises a range of aged care services for seniors, including aged care facilities.

If you’re thinking about accessing aged care services, Services Australia can tell you how much you’ll pay towards your aged care costs.

How much you’ll pay depends on:

  • your financial situation
  • the type of care you get
  • how much your aged care provider charges

You can estimate your costs on the My Aged Care website or apply for an aged care calculation of your cost of care anytime.

Services Australia will review your financial situation and determine if you will be asked to contribute to the cost of your care. Please be assured that you will never be denied care because you can’t afford it.

The fees for residential aged care are summarised below.


Basic Daily Fee

All residents pay a basic daily fee of 85% of the single basic Age Pension, covering your meals, cleaning, laundry, and utilities. For some people, this is the only fee you will need to pay. If you are a veteran or widow/er, contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to see if you are eligible for assistance with this fee.

Means Tested Care Fee

Depending on the result of your asset and income assessment, you may need to pay an additional fee towards your aged care accommodation. There are caps set for the maximum amount you can pay in a year, and also for your lifetime. Once the maximum amount is reached, you will not need to pay any further fees. Any fees that you pay for in home care contributes to these caps.

Accommodation Payment

Following your asset and income assessment, the government will advise you of the maximum accommodation charge for residential aged care, if any, that Ozcare can ask you to pay. The cost of your aged care accommodation will also be based on the room and bathroom option that you choose (for example single or shared).

You can choose to pay for your accommodation with a refundable accommodation deposit (known as the RAD, paid as a lump sum), a daily accommodation payment (known as the DAP, accrued daily and paid monthly), or a combination of both. You have 28 days from the time you move into a nursing home to choose how you will pay.

Find your nearest facility to view the available rooms and maximum prices you might be asked to pay.

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Fees for Extra Services

Some aged care organisations charge extra fees for higher standard rooms or additional services such as visits from an allied health professional or getting a haircut from an onsite hairdresser.

Allied health services include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Podiatry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nutritionist/Dietetics
  • Dentistry
  • Speech Pathology
  • Optometry

Additional fees will differ between aged care providers. Ensure that you discuss and agree to prices before using extra services.


My Aged Care has a fee estimator to help you estimate what costs residential aged care facilities can ask you to pay.

Residential Respite Care

Respite residents pay a basic daily fee of 85% of the single basic Age Pension which is payable a week in advance. If you have booked respite at short notice we will work out a payment arrangement with you.

If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for subsidised services. Contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to find out more.

Accommodation Payment

To move into residential aged care you will need to be assessed by the Australian Government’s Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).

Application Process

Fees for Extra Services

Find out about visiting hours, using your own doctor and what to bring in our list of frequently asked questions for aged care homes.


How To Apply

Once you have received your ACAT approval call us on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) to speak to your nearest facility. We will discuss your needs and confirm the aged care vacancies we have available.

You will need to complete the Ozcare residential respite care application pack, which are available from our aged care facilities.

Call 1800 692 273

Aged Care Facility LocationsYellow Divider

Gold Coast Aged Care Facilities


20 Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads

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100 Usher Avenue, Labrador

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Keith Turnbull

52 Imperial Parade, Labrador

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De Paul

27 Edmund Rice Dr, Southport

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Toowoomba Aged Care Facilities

Ozcare Toowoomba

631-651 Greenwattle Street, Glenvale

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Brisbane Aged Care Facilities

Villa Rosalie

43 Evelyn St, Newstead

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Ozanam Villa

153 King Street, Clontarf

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Bakhita Villa

169 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd, Oxley

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Sunshine Coast Aged Care Facilities

Caroline Chisholm

28 Saffron Drive, Currimundi

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Ozcare Noosa Heads

80 Cooyar Street, Noosa Heads

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Wide Bay Aged Care Facilities

Ozcare Hervey Bay

35 Davis Drive, Kawungan

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Mackay & Sarina Aged Care Facilities

St Elizabeth Villa

15 Charlotte Street, West Mackay

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Sarina Aged Care

18-32 Hoey St, Sarina

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Townsville & Ingham Aged Care Facilities

Villa Vincent

2 Acacia Street, Mundingburra

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Magdalene Villa

9 Stone River Road, Trebonne

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North Queensland Aged Care Facilities

Ozcare Innisfail

Warrina Street, Innisfail

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Ozcare Malanda

5183 Turnbull Road, Malanda

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Ozcare Port Douglas

Martin Scullet Drive, Port Douglas

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Care OptionsYellow Divider

We are focused on ensuring we deliver outstanding quality of care by listening to you and your family to design your care around your personal needs and preferences.

Permanent Care

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Residential Respite Care

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Dementia Friendly Aged Care

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Accommodation for Couples

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How to ApplyYellow Divider

Find out more about the steps you need to take to move in with Ozcare and what you can expect from your new home.

Application Process

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What to Expect

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