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Government Funding

Understanding government funded in-home aged care

What is it?

There are two main government funding programmes for in-home aged care which you may be eligible for, Home Care Packages (HCP) and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

Funding for both of these is managed through the Government’s My Aged Care service.

Home Care Packages

These provide a funding package to help pay for a broad range of care services. The level you are eligible for depends on your care requirements. The four levels of Home Care Package funding are:

Funding level Care needs Approximate funding amount
Level 1 Basic care needs $8,000
Level 2 Low-level care needs $14,000
Level 3 Intermediate care needs $34,000
Level 4 High-level care needs $49,000

If you are not eligible for a Home Care Package, there are other types of government aged care funding, such as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, which you may be eligible for.

How much support do you need? Call us on 03 9827 8899 for advice.

Home Care Package contributions and fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to contribute some of the following to your total Home Care Package funding amount:

Basic Daily Fee

The amount, 17.5% of your pension, which the government expects you to contribute to your care when you receive government funding. This is added to your total package amount and it is currently $10.10 per day.

Income Tested Fee

An additional contribution you will need to make to your total package amount if your income is above a certain level (currently about $26,000).

Provider fees

Care providers may charge additional fees for administration and management. These come out of your total package amount. Always compare fees when you choose your care provider.

At Absolute Care & Health, we choose to waive the Basic Daily Fee if you receive a Home Care Package. We believe you should use your income for things which bring you joy. We also keep our administration fee as low as possible at 10% of your Home Care Package amount, with no other fees for management, set-up, or exit.

The process for new clients

We can help you get started with a government home care subsidy. Here's the process for new clients getting set up with government funding:

Find out more about government aged care funding

For more information about how government aged care funding works, download our information pack. It has all the information you need in one place.


Get in touch with us for more information

If you need more information about government aged care funding or you want to get the ball rolling with us, get in touch with us here and we'll get back to you soon.

One of our friendly team members will get back to you within the business day.

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