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Is Home Care Means Tested?

 

Unless you are a full Pensioner, you may be asked to pay an Income Tested Care Fee towards your care.

 

The income-tested care fee is an extra contribution that some people pay, as determined through an income assessment.

 

This fee is different for everyone. It’s based on individual income, including your pension. However, full pensioners and people with an income up to $28,472.60 do not pay an income-tested care fee.

 

You could pay up to $15.81 per day if you:

 

  • are single earning over $28,472.60
  • are a member of a couple living together earning over $22,094.80
  • are a member of a couple living apart due to illness earning over $27,952.60

 

You could pay between $15.81 – $31.63 if you:

 

  • are single earning over $54,990.00
  • are a member of a couple living together earning over $42,083.60
  • are a member of a couple living apart due to illness earning over $54,470.00

 

These amounts change with indexation on 20 March and 20 September every year and are up to date as of 20 September 2021.

 

Note: If your financial situation changes while you are receiving care, your income-tested care fee can change.

 

This information was published on the government website My Aged Care.

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