Direct expenditure on residential care for the 2008-09 financial year was $12.6b. 'Not for profit' organisations were the largest contributors with $7.2b, followed by 'for profit' businesses with $3.3b, and government organisations with $2.0b.
As highlighted in the graph below, aged and disability care was the most significant activity within residential care, contributing $10.3b to total expenditure. The main components of this were high care contributing $6.8b (66%), and low care contributing $3.5b (34%), of which 'not for profit' organisations accounted for $3.3b (48%) and $2.5b (73%) respectively.
Expenditure on residential care services
During 2008-09 there were, on average, 99,416 residents in high care, and 76,933 residents in low care facilities. Of those in high care, 49,891 (50%) were cared for by 'not for profit' organisations, and 42,280 (43%) by 'for profit' businesses, the remaining 7,245 by government organisations. Low care facilities recorded a larger proportion (72%) of residents in 'not for profit' facilities.