Daily living expenses policy
Guidelines for payment of daily living expenses for workers residing in a supported accommodation facility
- Daily living expenses, also known as the basic daily fee or the basic daily care fee, refers to:
- accommodation related costs (i.e. rent)
- food, household or personal items
- power, water or any other service provided by a utility (not internet)
- room temperature controls.
- Supported accommodation facility refers to and includes any of the following:
- Shared supported accommodation (SSA) service
- Supported residential service (SRS)
- Residential aged care (RAC) facility
- Group home (within the meaning of Section 3(1) of the Disability Act 2006). A group home was previously known as a Community Residential Unit (CRU).
Refer to the Supported Accommodation Services Policy for detailed definitions of each supported accommodation facility type listed above.
- Capped amount refers to the maximum amount a worker can be charged per day as a contribution towards their daily living expenses whilst residing in shared supported accommodation (SSA) and supported residential service (SRS) facilities. The capped amount may be reviewed by the Governor in Council.
- First discharged from hospital is when a worker is discharged from an acute or rehabilitation hospital for the first time after the work-related injury or illness. Guidelines What can the Agent pay for in relation to daily living expenses?
The Agent can pay the reasonable costs of daily living expenses without any worker contribution being required for:
- the first 18 months after a worker is first discharged from hospital where, due to a work-related injury or illness, the worker is residing in a supported accommodation facility.
- a worker who is under 18 years of age and who, due to a work-related injury or illness, is residing in a supported accommodation facility.
- a worker receiving respite services due to a work-related injury or illness.
1. Shared Supported Accommodation and Supported Residential Services
a. During the worker non-contribution period i.e. within 18 months of hospital discharge
b. After the worker non-contribution period has elapsed i.e. 18 months after hospital discharge and beyond
- the worker pays the capped amount of $32.50 per day to the SSA/SRS provider
- the Agent can pay the reasonable costs of the balance of the daily living expenses at $2.55 per day to the SSA/SRS provider.
2. Residential Aged Care
The fee for daily living expenses for residential aged care (RAC), referred to as the basic daily fee or the basic daily care fee, is determined by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).
For more information see: health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageingfinance-resfees.htm.
Please note that in a RAC facility, extra service care is not considered to be part of the fee for daily living expenses. Refer to the 'extra service care' section of the Supported Accommodation Services Policy.
How does payment or reimbursement of daily living expenses in a shared supported accommodation (SSA) service or a supported residential service (SRS) affect Centrelink rental assistance?
Prior to the end of the period where the Agent is liable to pay the reasonable costs of daily living expenses without any worker contribution (the first 18 months following the date the worker is first discharged from hospital), it is expected that the worker, or the worker's representative, contacts Centrelink to determine the worker's entitlement to Centrelink rental assistance.
In relation to daily living expenses, what won't the Agent pay for?
The Agent will not pay daily living expenses for:
- a person other than the worker
- a service that is not consistent with the level of care that a worker requires as a result of their work-related injury or illness
- when a worker is absent from a facility for non workrelated injury or illness reasons
- a worker residing in privately rented accommodation
- services subcontracted to, or provided by, a nonregistered provider
- services provided outside Australia without prior written approval from WorkSafe
- treatment or services provided by telephone or other non face to face mediums
- the cost of telephone calls and telephone consultations between providers and workers, and between other providers, including hospitals
Note: This policy is a guideline issued by WorkSafe Victoria under Victorian workers compensation legislation in respect of the reasonable costs of services.