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AGED CARE ACT 1997 - SECT 44.21

The care subsidy reduction

             (1)  The care subsidy reduction for the care recipient in respect of the * payment period is the sum of all the care subsidy reductions for days during the period on which the care recipient is provided with residential care through the residential care service in question.

             (2)  Subject to this section and section 44-23, the care subsidy reduction for a particular day is worked out as follows:

Care subsidy reduction calculator

Step 1.   Work out the means tested amount for the care recipient (see section 44-22).

Step 2.   Subtract the maximum accommodation supplement amount for the day (see subsection (6)) from the means tested amount.

Step 3.   If the amount worked out under step 2 does not exceed zero, the care subsidy reduction is zero.

Step 4.   If the amount worked out under step 2 exceeds zero but not the sum of the following, the care subsidy reduction is the amount worked out under step 2:

               (a)     the basic subsidy amount for the care recipient;

              (b)     all primary supplement amounts for the care recipient.

Step 5.   If the amount worked out under step 2 exceeds the sum of the following, the care subsidy reduction is that sum:

               (a)     the basic subsidy amount for the care recipient;

              (b)     all primary supplement amounts for the care recipient.

             (3)  If the care recipient has not provided sufficient information about the care recipient's income and assets for the care recipient's means tested amount to be determined, the care subsidy reduction is the sum of the basic subsidy and primary supplement amounts for the care recipient.

             (4)  If, apart from this subsection, the sum of all the * combined care subsidy reductions made for the care recipient during a * start-date year for the care recipient would exceed the annual cap applying at the time for the care recipient, the care subsidy reduction for the remainder of the start-date year is zero.

             (5)  If, apart from this subsection, the sum of all the previous * combined care subsidy reductions made for the care recipient would exceed the lifetime cap applying at the time, the care subsidy reduction for the remainder of the care recipient's life is zero.

             (6)  The maximum accommodation supplement amount for a day is the highest of the amounts determined by the Minister by legislative instrument as the amounts of accommodation supplement payable for residential care services for that day.

             (7)  The annual cap , for the care recipient, is the amount determined by the Minister by legislative instrument for the class of care recipients of which the care recipient is a member.

             (8)  The lifetime cap is the amount determined by the Minister by legislative instrument.



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