Respite care supports carers and those being cared for.

Taking care of an elderly loved one can be physically and emotionally demanding, so short term respite care can help support the load for both the carer and the person being cared for.

How can I get respite care?

Access to respite care is based on eligibility, priority and need.  The amount of care you receive will then depend on your needs and those of the person you care for, as well as availability of respite care services.

If you think you or the person you are looking after may need respite care, you can talk to the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 during business hours or, for emergency respite support outside standard business hours, free call 1800 059 059.

Respite care at Aged Care Plus

If you would like to book respite services with one of our Aged Care Plus Centres, or with our dedicated Respite Centre in the ACT, call us on 1300 111 227 or email

Fees and Charges

Fees and charges

All residents can be asked to pay fees and charges as a contribution towards their accommodation, living expenses and care. If you cannot afford the fees and charges there are protections in place which ensure you will still have equal access to respite care.

For residents entering under a respite agreement there are only two types of fees and charges payable:

  • Daily care fee
  • Extra service fee (when applicable)
Basic daily care fee

All residents in aged care, including respite residents, can be asked to pay a basic daily care fee as a contribution towards their day-to-day living costs such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling.

The maximum basic daily care fee for most permanent residents is 85% of the single age pension.  This is also the maximum fee for all respite residents, excluding those receiving respite care on an extra service basis.

Daily care fees are reviewed by the Department of Social Services twice yearly, in March and September.

The basic daily care fee is payable monthly in advance.

Extra services

Applies to residents occupying an extra service place (both permanent and respite) for the provision of a significantly higher standard of accommodation, services and food.

Extra service places are available at our Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus Centre at Collaroy, NSW and The Cairns Aged Care Plus Centre at Chapel Hill, QLD. Extra service fees and inclusions will be discussed on application.

Fees and Charges are determined by the Department of Social Service and are subject to change.  For current fees and charges please refer to the Department of Social Services Schedule of Resident Fees and Charges.