The Government subsidises a range of aged care services in Australia, inclusive of residential aged care. However, in much the same way as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and Home Care Package, you may need to contribute towards the cost of your residential aged care if it is deemed that you can afford to do so.
To determine your aged care service costs you will need to undergo an income and assets assessment conducted by the Department of Human Services.
In addition, before you enter a residential aged care facility, you will need to negotiate an agreement with your relevant aged care service provider. This agreement will outline the services offered by the aged care service provider, the fees payable for the services, as well as your rights and responsibilities as a resident.