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Bidgee Haven Retirement Hostel

Bidgee Haven Retirement Hostel is owned and operated by Balranald Shire Council.

Located within landscaped gardens, Bidgee Haven is a modern fully accredited 15 bed residential aged care facility providing low care for older people who find it difficult to live at home for a variety of reasons such as illness, disability, reduced mobility, isolation or the problems of maintaining a large property.

Offering the warmth of home, all residential care rooms have an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and access to the communal dining and lounge areas.

And, just a short walk away, discover the town’s bustling shopping precinct.

The friendly, professional staff are always on hand to assist residents with their daily needs, including:

  • Three nutritious meals, plus morning and afternoon tea
  • Laundry and room cleaning (Individual arrangements need to be made for special care items such as dry cleaning and hand washing)
  • Bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Making phone calls, writing letters and reading
  • Craft, music and social activities
  • 24-hour emergency call systems
  • Visitors are welcome and encouraged daily – (it is a legal requirement for visitors to have had a flu vaccination and documentation will be required prior to entry)

Becoming a Bidgee Haven resident – Vacancy

Expressions of interest are invited for permanent residents who require accommodation in a modern fully serviced Aged Care Hostel located in Balranald.

Bidgee Haven is a community run aged care facility operated by Balranald Shire Council that provides 15 Aging in Place rooms that cater specifically for aged and frail people. The resident rooms have modern and comfortable private amenities and the staff and facilities at Bidgee Haven will ensure that your personal needs are well catered for, with ample opportunity to meet with other residents, enjoy meals and activities.

New residents will need to be assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team prior to an offer of placement to determine ongoing whole of life needs and preference will be given to new residents categorised as low care.

The refundable accommodation deposit and/or daily accommodation payment as well as basic daily fees are determined and managed in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Health and Aged Care.

If you or a member of your family is interested in residential care accommodation in Bidgee Haven, please download an application form and information kit from Council’s website and/or email the Balranald Shire Council –

The Expressions of interest should be submitted via email to or posted to P.O Box 120 Balranald or delivered to the
Shire Office, 70 Market Street Balranald 2715.

The EOI will remain open until all vacancies are filled.

Craig Bennett



Thank you for your enquiry regarding Hostel accommodation. Please read the following information and if you have any questions please contact Council.

Firstly, you will need to be assessed by an ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team) to determine your care needs. Subsequently you would need to meet with the Hostel Coordinator so that they can ascertain whether our Hostel can provide the appropriate

If a place is available and suited to you, you will need to contact Services Australia to fill in the appropriate forms for the assets and income test. If there is not a place available at the time, we encourage you to go ahead with completing the forms and the Hostel will put you on a waitlist where you will be contacted if a bed becomes available.

The current fee for an aged care pensioner on a full pension is around 85% of the fortnightly single aged pension, the daily fee is currently $58.98. There may also be an additional Daily Fee (Means Test) and Refundable Accommodation Deposit as advised by Services Australia, once the assets and income test has been completed.

There is a document attached regarding lump-sum refundable deposits for your

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Council on (03)
5020 1300 or email

Craig Bennett


Bidgee Haven Balranald Retirement Hostel – Resident Enquiry Information – 2023

Bidgee Haven Balranald Retirement Hostel – Expression of Interest for Permanent Residency

Bidgee Haven – Balranald Retirement Hostel – Permanent Resident Agreement – SAMPLE