Overview of Costs

Please note, residents with minimal assets and income (as assessed by the Government to receive full or partial support) will not be subject to RAD/DAP costs. Fully Supported residents will pay only a Basic Daily Fee (which is calculated at 85% of the basic single Age Pension) whereas Partially Supported residents will be required to pay an additional Contribution as determined by the Government.

With the exception of Accommodation Fees/Deposits (which are negotiated with Signature Care directly), all other fees and charges are mandated by the Australian Government (i.e. Department of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, etc).

Whilst our dedicated Admissions Team can discuss fees and charges in more detail during your tour or upon application, a summary of the fees which you may be asked to pay in a Signature Care home are as follows:

  • A basic daily fee. This covers living costs such as meals, power and laundry. For some people (concessional/fully supported residents), this is the only fee they are required to pay. The maximum basic daily fee is 85% of the single basic Aged Pension daily payment.
  • A means-tested care fee. This is an additional contribution towards the cost of care that some people may be required to pay. The Department of Human Services will work out if you are required to pay this fee based on an assessment of your income and assets, and will advise you of the amount.
  • An accommodation payment. This is for your accommodation in the home. Some people will have their accommodation costs met in full or part by the Australian Government, while others will need to pay the accommodation price agreed with Signature Care. The Department of Human Services (Centrelink) will advise which applies to you based on an assessment of your income and assets.

Basic Daily Fee

Means Tested Fee2

Accommodation Cost

Fully Supported Resident

Yes No


Partially Supported Resident

Yes No

Based on Assets and Income3

Non-Supported Resident


Based on Assets & Income3


You can use our Price Calculator to help you estimate the fees and charges you may have to pay towards your residential aged care.

[1] This information has been adapted from the Department of Social Services “Five steps to entry into an aged care home”:

[2] There are annual and lifetime caps in place to limit the amount of the means-tested care fee you will need to pay.

[3] Amount will be determined by the Government.