Income tested aged care fee to be charged from date of entry
The income tested fee for residential aged care will be charged from the day of entry, removing the current 28 day delay. This will align the residential income tested fee with other aged care fees payable from the day of entry into the aged care facility. The income test itself will not change.
At the present time the income tested fee is not charged until the resident has been in permanent care for 28 days, allowing for an exchange of income details between the resident and the Department of Health and Ageing. This change will mean that arrears income tested fees will be charged upon assessment being completed.