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Aged Care

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Understanding Aged Care

There are several types of aged care funding which the government has committed to fund after the Aged Care Commission Inquiry. The funding is there to assist older Australians to receive the care that they require so that they can live independently, or to receive care within aged care residences when they can no longer stay at home.


Currently, aged care funding is available under three different models:

Eligible Australians may receive support under the first two funding models to receive help at home, short term care, or care in aged care homes. Under the first two models, the government will allocate a certain amount of funding to be paid towards the care which is required. This may include care around the home, inclusion in community activities, assistance for a short period of time, or for residential care.

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Commonwealth Home Support Programme

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme is an entry level home assistance program for older people who need some help with daily tasks to live independently at home - with a focus on working with you, rather than doing for you. It is about building on your strengths, capacity and goals to help you remain living independently.


Home Care Package

The Home Care Packages are one of the ways that you can access affordable aged care services at home. The Home Care Packages program supports older people with complex care needs to live independently in their own homes. It uses a consumer-directed care approach to make sure the support suits a person’s assessed needs and goals.

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Briefly, the Home Care Package level is based on an older Australian’s need. The lowest level, level 1, is based on an individual’s basic needs which are covered by a few visits per week by carers. For level 2 clients, the level of care is marginally higher than a level one package with more frequent visits by carers.


Clients who are placed on a level 3 package are those with higher needs. At this level, carers will visit most days of the week and provide support at greater levels. At level 4, a client receives the highest level of funding for elderly Australians. For clients who are receiving this level of funding, carers visit seven days a week and are responsible for almost all of the client’s personal needs.

The Government-funded subsidy for each level is shown below (as at 1 July 2023):

Level 1: Basic care needs

$ 28.14 /day ~ $ 10,271.10 /year

Level 2: Low care needs

$ 49.49 /day ~ $ 18,063.85 /year

Level 3: Intermediate care needs

$ 107.70 /day ~ $ 39,310.50 /year

Level 4: High care needs

$ 163.27 /day ~ $  59,593.55 /year

For more information on the Home Care Packages program, such as:

  • Means Assessment

  • How the fees are calculated

  • Fee estimator

  • When the aged care fees are reviewed

  • Home care cap thresholds

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