2. What does a Government Subsidised Home Care Package cost? (or how many hours of support or care can I receive from my Home Care Package?)

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What does a Government Subsidised Home Care Package cost? This is one of the most frequently asked questions since de-regulation of the aged care industry started on 1 July 2015. To compare “like with like”, the question you really want answered is, “how many hours of care will I receive from you, if you are my Approved Provider?” Daughterly Care is 100% transparent with our Home Care Package cost. The first table below shows how many hours of care your Home Care Package will pay for when you use our Caregivers. 

How Many Hours of Care per Week Does a Government Subsidised Home Care Package through Daughterly Care Provide? (from 20/03/2023)

Home Care Package Level Hours^ Care Per Week No Basic Daily Care Fee (BDCF)* Hours^ of Care Per Week With Cognitive Supplement
Level 1 1.5 1.5
Level 2 2.5 3
Level 3 6 7
Level 4 9.5 11
[separator style_type="none" top_margin="5" bottom_margin="5" sep_color="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center" class="" id=""] ^These hours are an estimate based on Government Funding, paying for Monday to Friday Caregiver services during the day. If you want night or weekend care, Registered Nurse or Allied Health services, mileage, equipment hire and nursing resources paid by your Home Care Package it will use part of your budget, reducing the hours of care we can provide, paid for by your Government Funded Home Care Package. Before you sign a Home Care Package Agreement with Daughterly Care Community Services we give you a proposed budget and estimated amount that can be spent on care and services, including the hours of care your package can afford.

*If you are a full pensioner because we don’t charge the Basic Daily Care Fee, then having a Home Care Package managed by Daughterly Care does NOT cost you a cent of your own money.

If you are a part-pensioner or self-funded, we also don’t charge you the Basic Daily Care Fee, however no Approved Provider can waive your Income Tested Care Fee, which will be advised by Services Australia.

What does Daughterly Care Community Services Charge for Management and Case Management of your in Home Care Package?

Daughterly Care’s cost for the extra administration, accounting, auditing, monthly reporting to clients, care plan documentation, care plan reviews and case management required by the Government’s Home Care Package Program is paid by the Home Care Package Management Fee & Care Management Fee as in table below:

This fee is deducted from your Government Funded Home Care Package and so has already been taken it into consideration in the hours above. You don’t pay this fee from your own pocket.

Major saving for private care clients:  If you need to top up your in Home Care Package with your own private money for additional in home care and support services over what the Government funds, Daughterly Care Community Services does NOT charge any Home Care Package fee on any privately paid, voluntary or top up care fees that you add to your Home Care Package from your private care money. You just pay our private care fees.

This is a major benefit for our clients whose care needs exceeds the Government Funding as our audits of thousands of Home Care Package Monthly Statements found that all the Approved Providers we audited charged the Home Care Package Fees on the private care and voluntary top up fees when the client had a Home Care Package.

“Government Funded clients now have the power that private paying clients have always enjoyed”

Due to brilliant Government Reforms that fully started on the 27th of February 2017, Government Funded Clients now have greater control over their Government Funding, including the ability to transfer their Government Funded Home Care Package from their Current Approved Provider to a New Breed of Approved Provider like Daughterly Care Community Services who provides:

The Definitive Guide to Government Funded Consumer Directed In Home Aged Care Packages

1. What is a Consumer Directed Care (CDC) in Home Care Package?

2. How many hours of support or care can I receive for my Home Care Package? Current Page

3. What can a Government Subsidised Home Care Package pay for?

4. What are the costs of a Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Home Care Package?

5. What does Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Home Care Package mean?

6. Consumers’ 9 New Rights under Consumer Directed Care (CDC)

7. How do you apply for a Government Subsidised Home Care Package?

8. Are you approved or assigned a Government Funded Home Care Package?

9. Should Self-Funded Seniors accept a Level 2 Home Care Package?

10. Should Self-Funded Seniors accept a Level 3 or 4 Home Care Package?

11. Should a Pensioner accept a Level 1 or 2 Home Care Package?

12. How do I start my Home Care Package?

13. How do I transfer my Home Care Package to Daughterly Care Community Services?

14. How do I know if the Home Care Package fees I’m being charged are fair?

15. How will Consumer Directed Care (CDC) benefit my loved one?

16. Is Consumer Directed Care (CDC) working?

17. Will Consumer Directed Care (CDC) make it easier for my loved one to stay at home?

18. What happens to the Unspent Funds in my Government Funded / Subsidised Home Care Package?

19. If I hold a DVA Card can I have an In Home Care Package too?

20. Can I take leave from my Home Care Package?

21. Frequently asked questions about Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Home Care Packages

Discover the secret to getting more out of your Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Home Care Package!

Do you have a question that isn’t answered here or just looking for more information? Browse our FAQs.

Better service;
✔ Better quality Caregivers such as Bettina;
✔ Specialist services, Daughterly Care has 4 specialisations (dementia care, private care, live in care & 24 hour care)
✔ more hours of care;
✔ and better value aged care solutions that keep you out of the Nursing Home such as overnight care, live in care and 24 hour care.

Daughterly Care doesn’t charge:

  • a set-up fee;
  • a monthly compliance fee;
  • a monthly review fee;
  • a contingency fee;
  • a Quality Assurance Fee;
  • a Home Care Package Management Fee on any privately paid, voluntary top-up care;
  • any secret undisclosed fees;
  • 10% GST incorrectly deducted from your Home Care Package; or
  • any fees on Unspent Funds transferred from your previous Approved Provider to us.

If your Government Funded Home Care Package will be paying for your care and it’s after our office hours i.e. 6pm to 7.30am Mon-Fri & weekends then please click here to complete a form and we will call you back during office hours:

Government Funded with Home Care Package


Home care package recipient

This is the Fee Schedule when your Government Subsidised Home Care Package pays for care


when you need in home aged care over and above what your Government funding pays for.

Effective 24 July 2023. We employ our Caregivers so you don’t have to be concerned about complying with award pay and conditions, superannuation, workers compensation, indemnity insurance, screening and training.

Pay by the Hour In Home Care

Nursing Assistant / Caregiver Per Hour
Weekdays 6am – 8pm $84.50
Weeknights 8pm – 6am $92.65
Saturday $108.90
Sunday $131.10
Public Holiday  $170.20
Registered Nurse Care
Per Hour
Weekdays 6am – 8pm $130.00
Weeknights 8pm – 6am $140.00
Saturday $150.00
Sunday $170.00
Public Holiday $250.00
Sleepover Inactive Care Per Night Additional*
Any day 10pm – 6am $202.40 + 4 hours service*
Public Holidays  $406.96 + 4 hours service*

* 4 hours of active care must be booked to conform to Award requirements. These additional hours are added onto the service immediately prior and/or after based on the client’s needs. Note: To meet the award, an inactive sleepover night can include 1 quick up between 10pm and 6am. A second up will be charged at the hourly rate, with a minimum charge of one hour per up. Find out more about sleepover care.

Live in Care – Caregiver is On Hand for 24 hours and provides Active Care for 8 hours^ (also called 24 hour Presence Care)

Nursing Assistant / Caregiver Per 24 Hours
Monday – Friday $780.00
Saturday $849.60
Sunday $880.80
Public Holiday $1,369.92

^Additional hours may be required for couples or for clients who require more than 8 hours of active care each 24 hours. Live in Care (LIC) is only possible where our Live in Carer can sleep through the night. Live in Care provides 8 hours of active care, when needed, over a 24 hour period. Our Live in Carer requires a separate bedroom and the client provides food for our Live in Carers. If food is not provided for our Live in Carers $50 per day is added to the invoice. Find out more about Live in CareDaughterly Care is Sydney’s leading provider of Live in Care with over 3.9+ million hours of live-in care provided.


24 Hour In Home Care

Nursing Assistant/Caregiver 24 Hour Care with Active Night Care 24 Hour Care with Inactive Nights
Weekdays $1,981.30 $1,485.70
Saturday $2,484.00 $1,858.40
Sunday $3,016.80 $2,213.60