Costs for respite care may vary depending on your circumstances and the kind of help you need. The Australian Government pays for the bulk of aged care in Australia. As with all aged care services, it's expected you'll contribute towards the cost of your care if you can afford to do so. You shouldn't be denied a service you need because you can't pay for it.
If you receive residential respite care through an aged care home, you won't have to pay an accommodation charge or bond. You also won't have to pay any additional income-tested fees. You will however be asked to pay a basic daily fee and perhaps a booking fee. The booking fee is a prepayment of respite care fees and not an extra payment. The booking fee cannot be more than either a full week's basic daily fee or 25% of the fee for the entire stay, depending on which amount is the lowest.
The maximum basic daily fee for a respite resident is set at 85% of the single basic Age Pension. From 20 March 2014 to 19 September 2014, the single rate of the basic Age Pension is $766.00 per fortnight. 85% of the single rate of basic Age Pension is $651.00 per fortnight or $46.50 per day.
Further information on the Age Pension and a full list of current rates is available on the Department of Human Services website.
What you pay is discussed and agreed upon between you and the organisation that delivers your respite services. The rate is set before you receive the relevant services.