St Catherine's Hostel Wangaratta

59 - 69 Ryley Street, Wangaratta, Vic, 3677

Phone 03 5721 2243

Accommodation Costs

St Catherine's Hostel accommodation fees and payments are applied as determined by the Aged Care Act 1997.

The below fees are set by the Department of Social Services and are applicable to all residential Aged Care facilities in Australia.

What types of costs are there?

You may be asked to pay two main types of costs:

  • Daily fees (calculated according to your income and assets)
  • Accommodation payments (calculated according to your assets).

Daily fees have two parts:

  • A Basic Daily Fee that everyone pays
  • A Means Tested Fee - a new additional daily fee that will apply from 1st July 2014 that involves an assessment which is both income and asset tested.

To check if you are subject to a means tested fee please refer to the government agencies detailed at the bottom of this page.

What does a basic daily fee cover?

All residents are asked to pay a basic daily fee as a contribution towards their day-to-day living costs such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling, as well as social activities. It is part of the overall fees you can be asked to pay towards your care.

What is the basic daily fee rate?

From 20th September 2018 to 19th March 2019, the maximum basic daily fee for new residents (including respite residents) is $50.66 per day, this equates to $709.24 per fortnight. This rate increases on 20th March and 20th September each year in line with changes to the Age Pension.
Please note the maximum Basic Daily Fee will not exceed 85% of the single person rate of the basic aged pension.

Accommodation Payments

Accommodation payments are very different from daily care fees. They are used to improve the quality of the building standards and the quality and range of aged care services provided.

Not everyone pays an accommodation payment. It depends on the value of your assets at the time of entry into care. If you have more than $49,000* in assets you can be asked to pay an accommodation payment but you must be left with at least $49,000* in assets after your payment.

Effective 1st July 2014 an accommodation payment at St Catherine's Hostel is up to a maximum of:

$540,000.00 - Refundable Accommodation Deposit ( RAD )
$87.88 per day - Daily Accommodation Payment ( DAP ) equivalent of a $540,000.00 Refundable Accommodation Deposit.

The option to nominate a combination payment of Refundable Accommodation Deposit ( RAD ) and Daily Accommodation Payment ( DAP ) is also available. An example of a combination payment based on the maximum price of $540,000.00 paid as 50% RAD and 50% DAP is as follows:

$270,000.00 Refundable Accommodation Payment ( RAD ) and a daily payment on the remaining $270,000.00 of:

Balance of price x MPIR
         365 days
 =  $270,000.00 x 5.94%
        365 days

 = $43.94 per day

To calculate an equivalent Daily Accommodation Payment, the Refundable Accommodation Deposit is multiplied by the current maximum permissible interest rate ( MPIR ) and divided by 365 days.

The MPIR is calculated quarterly and advised to all aged care providers by the Department of Social Services. The MPIR is published on the Department of Social Services website at

More information in relation to fees and charges is available by contacting the Chief Executive Officer on 03 5721 2243 or the following government agencies:

My Aged Care at or by calling 1800 200 422
Department of Health
Centrelink 13 23 00
Department of Veteran Affairs 1800 555 254

St Catherine's Hostel Wangaratta