Villa Terenzio is pleased to provide the following information
which you may find useful


We understand that entry into residential care is a substantial decision for all involved. From our experience, a large number of people enter residential care following a significant medical event such as an illness that requires hospitalisation. This often leaves people making decisions on an urgent needs basis, so it is important that prospective residents ensure that they are fully prepared when an appropriate place becomes available.

The Commonwealth Government provides a useful brochure available at: 5 Steps to Entry into Aged Care.
To be placed on our waiting list, all prospective residents need to provide copies of the following documents:

  1. The Aged Care Client Record (an assessment document completed by the Aged Care Assessment Team or “ACAT”).
  2. A signed Application Form.
  3. An assets assessment by either Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs, or a signed letter advising us that you have chosen not to have an assets assessment completed.

Two key pieces of information helpful in choosing an aged care facility are quality and cost. From a quality point of view, Italian Aged Care is renowned for providing a high level of care and therapy through our team of committed staff. We can be distinguished from other providers by our culturally authentic food prepared on-site, access to the chapel within our grounds and the active presence of nuns who reside in our convent.


Following the “Living Longer, Living Better” aged care reforms passed in 2013, changes apply to residents entering residential aged care from 1 July 2014 onward. These changes include how care recipients are financially assessed. The government will continue to undertake the assessment of how a care recipient can contribute to costs incurred for accommodation and care, but this will be by an overall means test rather than being based solely on income or assets. There will also be no distinction made at entry for people requiring a high or a low level of care; all care recipients will only be assessed as requiring residential care. These reforms have an effect on the costs that a resident may be liable to incur. All aged care costs are detailed below.

Accomodation Payment

The accommodation payment is to cover capital costs of past and future building.
All care recipients entering care will be assessed to see whether they are liable for an accommodation cost or not. The test is undertaken by the Department of Human Services using a combined income and asset assessment . It is recommended that an application for this is made prior to entering residential care as it takes around 6 weeks to be processed. Additionally, until the result of the combined income and asset assessment is known, all residential care recipients are liable for the accommodation payment by default, although this is fully refundable if the outcome of the assessment indicates no liability. If it is deemed that the care recipient is not liable to pay the full amount of an accommodation payment, then the care recipient is classified as a supported care recipient. As a mission based organisation and registered charity, Italian Aged Care is committed to maintaining around 40% of the beds at Villa Terenzio for supported care recipients.
The accommodation payment can be paid as:

  • a lump sum, RAD (Refundable Accommodation Deposit)
  • a daily fee, DAP (Daily Accommodation Payment)
  • any Combination of RAD and DAP

Villa Terenzio has a number of different standards of rooms offered and each room has a maximum accommodation charge attached to it.
It is important to stress that each room has a maximum accommodation charge, but no minimum charge, which gives us the ability to negotiate based on each care recipient’s circumstances. Consequently, every care recipient entering permanent residential care is liable to meet an accommodation charge ranging between $0 and the maximum accommodation charge published for that room. We recognise that each care recipient has individual circumstances, so feel free to discuss this with us.
Please note that the care recipient has 28 days from entry to elect how the accommodation payment will be made and until an election they will be charged the DAP.

Daily Fee

The daily fee is to cover living costs such as meals, laundry, and utilities.
This fee is Commonwealth Government gazetted rates and is equivalent to 85% of the aged pension rate. The current fee is $52.71 per day (current from 20 March 2020 - 19 September 2020) and all care recipients are required to pay this.