Departmental Instruction

Residents of aged care facilities, whether they are pensioners or self-funded retirees, have the right to request that they not be income tested.  If a resident does so, however, he or she may have to pay higher daily fees.

A resident who chooses to opt out of income testing will pay the maximum daily fee of $63.30 indexed ($64.56 from 2 April 1998) or the sum of their basic resident contribution plus the Commonwealth Government funding for their care if this is less.