Indexation of approved RADs
Residential aged care providers can apply indexation to approved RAD amounts (or equivalent daily amount) on approval anniversary dates. Find out how to index RADs and use our indexation calculator.
What is indexation?
Applying indexation to an approved RAD (or equivalent daily amount) means adjusting it in line with inflation.
Section 29 of the Fees and Payments Principles 2014 (No 2) sets out how and when you may index an approved RAD.
The legislation requires you to use the All Groups Consumer Price Index (CPI) as the measure of inflation.
Who can apply indexation
Residential aged care providers can apply indexation to approved RADs.
You do not need approval from IHACPA to do this.
When you can apply indexation
You can apply indexation on approval anniversary dates.
For example, if the date of your approval letter is 21 April 2019, you can apply indexation on each of the following dates:
- 21 April 2020
- 21 April 2021
- 21 April 2022
You can only apply indexation for the current year. If you do not apply indexation for one or more years, you cannot catch up by applying indexation retrospectively.
After four years, you need to re-apply for a new approval.
If we approved your RAD with conditions, use the date of the letter titled ‘Satisfaction of Conditions’.
When you can charge the indexed amount
You can only charge the indexed amount to residents who enter care on or after the day that you applied indexation.
How to apply indexation
- Go to All Groups CPI on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website
- Click on ‘Selected Tables – Capital Cities’
- Use the index numbers in the last column of the table (weighted average of 8 capital cities)
- Use this formula: (most recent index number / previous index number) x approved RAD
The most recent index number is the index number for the most recent completed quarter before the latest anniversary date.
The previous index number is the index number for the most recent completed quarter before the previous anniversary date.
When index numbers are available
If your approval date falls early in a new quarter, you may have to wait a while for the ABS to release the index number for the most recent quarter.
The quarters end in:
The ABS releases index numbers for each quarter on the last Wednesday of the following month (depending on public holidays).
You can use the indexation calculator to work out the indexed RAD amount for your current approval year.
The calculator uses index data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website. You will need to enter your RAD approval date and current RAD amount.
Refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) indexation calculator
You can use this calculator to work out the indexed RAD amount for your current approval year.