What are the Costs and Expenses?

While you are at Watershed, you are responsible for meeting your financial obligations (including board, personal expenses, and medications).

Service Fees

Clients pay a nominal fee (see below) which helps cover food, board & services. This fee can be taken as a percentage of your Centrelink benefit if you choose. Our admissions officer will provide this information on contact.

Residential Treatment Fees

18 – 20 years – $245.00 per week ($35.00 per day)
21 years + – $280.00 per week ($40.00 per day)
Transitional Living (Carinya) – $213.00 per week

Watershed Day Program – No charge

Bed Deposit

Due to the limited number of beds available and the overwhelming demand for admissions, a bed deposit of $350 is required to be paid ‘prior’ to your admission: this bed deposit will cover your first week board and any incidentals.

Please Note: Your first week’s board is ‘non- refundable’ if you do not attend your nominated admission date/time or leave the program within the first 7 days of admission.

Payments can be made by eftpos, credit card (1% fee applies) or direct bank transfer.

SDAS and IDAS clients need to bring $50 on admission to cover their incidentals.


Clients are responsible for the costs of any medications purchased for them while at Watershed. On admission you need to bring all scripts for your medications to cover the duration of your stay. The scripts will be dispensed and Webster packed weekly at a cost of $3.50 by the pharmacy.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

While at Watershed you can order NRT options from the pharmacy and the charge, provided you have enough funds will be applied to your account card. You can also request NRT be posted in for you. Please also note that NRT can be purchased on the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) once a year with a prescription from a GP.

Once a month our clients participate in a paid outing and will be responsible for any costs incurred.

Additional Expenses

You should bring your own toiletries where possible, however personal toiletry packs are available to purchase at Watershed for $15 if you require one.

Occasionally, other unexpected expenses can be incurred during your stay, you will be informed of these & given an option prior to anything being added to your account.

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