The cost of formal respite services will depend on the type of services you require and your current financial circumstances. While most services are government subsidised, you will also be expected to contribute to the cost of care if you can afford to do so.
In-home, centre-based and cottage respite costs can vary depending on the type of service – from an hourly rate for in-home respite to a sessional fee for a morning or afternoon in centre-based care. Different fees apply for residential respite.
Fees and eligibility for subsidy should be discussed and agreed upon with the respite service in advance.
Visit the My Aged Care Fee Estimator for further information or contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
The Australian Government provides an income supplement for carers who provide additional daily care and attention for someone with a disability or medical condition, or who is frail aged. For information on eligibility and payment rates/claiming for the Carer Allowance please visit the Department of Human Services.