First Basic Daily Fee reports due from residential care providers by next week

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The 2021 Basic Daily Fee reporting process for residential aged care providers is now open, with reports due by 21 October.

Accessible through the My Aged Care portal, the reports must record expenditure and hours for daily living services, which includes food and ingredients.

According to Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Richard Colbeck (pictured), providers who fail to report will have their Basic Daily Fee payments – which 99% of providers have taken up – suspended, with no backdating, until the report is submitted.

“We also require providers to detail how they are working to improve their daily living service offerings including food and nutrition, to gauge how the sector is delivering more for the senior Australians in their care,” he said.

More than $53.7 million was paid out by the Government in the first month alone as part of the Basic Daily Fee, which is designed to support providers as part of the Commonwealth’s $3.22 billion investment into residential aged care following the Royal Commission.