The Australian Government provides the primary funding for aged care services however, there are some fees that must be contributed by the residents.


Donwood’s Cost Summary & Fees

The Australian Government provides the primary funding for aged care services however, there are some fees that must be contributed by the residents. These fees are determined by government bodies and you can find more information about how these are decided on the My Aged Care website. Below is a breakdown of the fees required for residency at Donwood.

Entry Fees

The entry fee is a lump sum accommodation payment of approximately $550,000-$600,000. We are committed to making aged care an accessible service and as such, have multiple methods of payment for this fee.

First, there is a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD). This would be paying the total fee upfront and it is typically refunded once you leave the residency.

Second, there is the Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP). This is the total fee, split into daily costs and charged monthly; making it more affordable for many to access our services.

Finally, there is a combination of both RAD and DAP payments. If you can afford part of the RAD upfront you can make that payment and split the remainder into DAP payments to be paid over the course of your residency. Residents have 28 days to choose how to pay their entry contribution. Fully supported residents who have been recognised as having reduced financial means may not be required to pay the entry fees.

Daily care fees

All of our residents, including those in respite care, are required to pay the daily care fees. These fees equate to around 85% of a basic single age pension and are there to cover your daily needs; such as cleaning, utilities, laundry and meals. This fee may increase twice a year – in March and September.

Available Services

The following services are provided to you at Donwood, some of these services will incur their own fees*.

  • 24 hour access to compassionate care and nursing staff
  • Quality meals cooked on-site daily by our team of chefs
  • Physiotherapist onsite five days per week
  • Podiatry services
  • Dental services
  • Dietician Services
  • Speech Pathology
  • Optometry services
  • Pharmacy*
  • Laundry services
  • Hairdressing Services*
  • Beautician Services*
  • Community Bus for residential outings
  • Donwood Café

Means tested care fees

Means tested care fees are calculated during your eligibility assessment and are based upon your income and assets. These fees are reviewed quarterly. Donwood does not benefit from these fees, they are a co-contribution from any resident who is deemed to have adequate financial support. There is a yearly cap and a lifetime cap, which is indexed yearly, after which point you will only be required to pay your daily care and remaining entry fees. For more details, please see the Fee Schedule below.

Donwood’s Fees Schedule5


(75% RAD + 25% DAP MPIR 8.15%)
Carcoola Superior Single/Double 28.5 – 42.5 Garden / Decking / Courtyard $600,000 $550,000 RAD $450,000
DAP $34.36
Carcoola / Dublin Deluxe Single 18 – 20 Garden / Decking / Courtyard $550,000 N/A RAD $412,500
DAP $31.49
Emora Deluxe Single 16 – 18 Garden $550,000 N/A RAD $412,500
DAP $31.49
Bronhill Deluxe Single 19 Garden / Courtyard $550,000 N/A RAD $412,500
DAP $31.49
Ainslie Deluxe Single 19.7 – 25 Garden / Courtyard $550,000 N/A RAD $412,500
DAP $31.49


All our rooms feature a private ensuite. Daily Care Fee (DCF) of $61.96 applies.
The means tested care fee is calculated based on your income and assets. Centrelink/DVA will determine your fee based on the income and asset assessment you lodge.
Prices are effective as of 1st July 2024 and are subject to change. Interest rate for DAP payment is effective as of 1st July 2024 and is subject to change. Pricing is approved by the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner, subject to verification.