Working within a Budget
When a service provider offers you a Home Care Package, they will need to work in partnership with you to develop a budget to fund your care plan. All care and services provided to you through a Home Care Package must be able to be paid for within the package budget.
When you are offered a home care package, you will need to work jointly with the service provider to develop a budget with respect to your care plan. Your service provider holds the budget, and it is made up of:
- An Australian Government subsidy (and eligible supplements)
- The basic daily care fee which all consumers receiving a Home Care Package can be asked to pay
- Your income tested care fee which you may need to pay, depending on your assessable income
- any other amount you may agree with your service provider.
Any unspent funds, must be rolled over from month to month and year to year for as long as you remain in the package.
Once services commence, the service provider must give you monthly statements to show you - ideally in a plain and simple format - how your budget is being spent under the package and the balance of funds. Seek clarifications if you have any questions about budget items or how the service works