You can contribute to the cost of your care if you can afford it. Your contribution is made up of three types of fees:
- Basic daily fee
(up to $10.85 from 20 March 2021)
Your provider may ask you to pay a basic daily fee based on your home care package level.
- Income-tested care fee (up to $31.14 from 20 March 2021)
Some people may also have to pay an income-tested care fee. Whether you pay it, and how much of it you pay, is determined through a formal income assessment from the Services Australia. If you have to pay this fee, there are annual and lifetime limits on how much you can be asked to pay.
- Additional fees
Any other amount you have agreed to pay for extra care and services that wouldn’t otherwise be covered by your Home Care Package.