Each room is modern with a private ensuite bathroom, adjustable bed and split system air conditioner. Permanent residents are encouraged to furnish their room with their own belongings. Meals are provided in the dining room; residents share a large communal lounge area which hosts a large screen television, and a separate library with Foxtel.

Koonambil offers residents a range of planned activities such as bingo, quizzes, gentle exercises, church services, walks and bus trips.

Respite is available.


Who is eligible to live or have respite care at Koonambil?

Any aged person who has a current Aged Care Assessment for respite or permanent residential care whose care needs can be met at Koonambil is eligible to live here. This includes people who may require supervision or assistance with personal care and home duties such as washing, ironing and cleaning.

What is the food like?

All meals are wholesome and home cooked on site. A great variety is offered and individual dietary requirements are catered for. Koonambil’s chef is extremely proud to design four seasonal menus, each of which has a four week rotation. Menus are reviewed by a dietician as well as residents, who have great input into meal options provided.

The Koonambil kitchen has consistently received an A1 rating from NSW Food Authority audits.

Can a person enter Koonambil on a trial basis?

Yes. There are two fully furnished respite rooms available. Booking enquiries may be made at the Koonambil office. Permanent residents may also leave or transfer to another facility.

Can a husband and wife share a room?

Provision has been made for interconnecting doors in some residential care rooms, so that a couple may share two rooms. Another option for a couple is an independent living unit in the Koonambil Village. Koonambil Village provides self-care accommodation in spacious two-bedroom villas separate from the residential care facility.

Are residents locked in?

No. Residents may come and go whenever they choose, however the building and gates are locked for security reasons at night. Residents can always arrange with staff for these to be opened if they are returning later. Residents do have an obligation to let staff know of their movements, but they are free to make their own arrangements for outings.

Do the Doctors visit?

Yes. All doctors can visit Koonambil and everyone has their choice of doctor. Staff help residents arrange medical appointments with local doctors and specialists. Koonambil does not offer transport but staff will always help residents make arrangements.

How much does Koonambil cost?

Residents pay the following fees and charges on entry to any aged care facility.

Basic Daily Fee

The rates of basic daily fees are set using a percentage of the single age pension.  Most residents will pay the standard rate of 85% of the single pension, however, each resident’s rate is determined according to their circumstances at the time they enter permanent residential aged care.  Daily fees will be indexed on 20th March and September each year.

Means-Tested Fee

Residents in permanent aged care may be asked to pay a means-tested care fee in addition to the basic daily fee.  The amount they pay will depend on their income and assets assessments as assessed by Centrelink or Veteran Affairs depending on their circumstances and advised by the Department of Human Services. Current rates will be notified to residents upon admission.

This fee is paid directly to Koonambil Aged Care as part of the residents’ overall fee and contributes to the day-to-day costs such as nursing and personal care.  The Department of Human Services will advise both the resident and the facility of the fee payable and will periodically carry out a review.

If the resident is not required to pay the means-tested care fee, the Australian Government will pay the full cost of this portion of their care.

There are annual and lifetime caps that apply to the means-tested care fee.  Once these caps are reached the resident cannot be asked to pay any more in means-tested care fees.

Accommodation Payment

The Australian Government may subsidise all, part or none of the accommodation fees.

The Department of Human Services will advise which applies to the resident based on an assessment of their income and assets.

Residents can choose to pay their accommodation costs by:

–         Lump-sum style ‘refundable accommodation deposit’ (RAD) – Koonambil’s maximum RAD is $180,000.

–         Rental-type payments called a ‘daily accommodation payment’ (DAP); or

–         Any combination of both.

–         Residents will have 28 days from the day they enter into care to decide their payment method.


Further information is available through the My Aged Care website.

Payment of Fees

Fees, being the sum of the basic daily fee, means-tested fee and accommodation payments where applicable are payable each fortnight in advance.

When a resident is required to pay an accommodation payment, the payment will commence from the day of admission.  Residents, relatives and or legal guardians are reminded that the resident agreement must be signed prior to or within fourteen (14) days of the date of admission.  Failure to do so will not relinquish Koonambil’s right to charge any fees from date of admission.

Late payment of fees may necessitate charging of interest.   Koonambil can also seek the intervention of Public Guardians and Centrelink to reassess nominees and management of the resident’s financial affairs.  Continued late payments may cause Koonambil to issue the resident with notice to vacate the facility.

Where can I find out more about Koonambil?

Contact the CEO via the Koonambil office, 140-148 Castlereagh Street, Coonamble NSW 2829, call 02 6822 3193 or email info@koonambil.com.au.