Welcome to the Aged Care Funding Instrument

The Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) was introduced on 20 March 2008 as the means of allocating Australian Government subsidy to residential aged care providers.

Page last updated: 05 June 2014

What's New?

ACFI User Guide and ACFI Answer Appraisal pack

Changes to the revised ACFI User Guide and ACFI Answer Appraisal Pack come into effect from 1 July 2013. The revised documents are now available below.

From 1 July 2013 all appraisals must be completed in accordance with these documents. Further advice on these changes has also been sent to all Approved Providers.

Letters to Providers Advising of a Change to ACFI Classification of Some Residents

Some providers will receive a letter about a change in classification of certain care recipients. Further information about this letter is available through the Question and Answers page.

Changes to the ACFI – 1 July 2013

From 1 July 2013, changes will be made to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) for all appraisals completed on or after that date. The changes will be made through amendments to the ACFI User Guide and ACFI Answer Appraisal Pack. These changes are designed to reinforce the original intent of the ACFI and further enhance the evidence requirements. The changes have been developed in consultation with sector representatives through the ACFI Monitoring Group and its sub-group the ACFI Technical Reference Group.

Further information about changes is provided below:

Changes to the ACFI – 1 February 2013

Changes were made to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) for all appraisals completed on or after 1 February 2013. The changes were made through amendments to the ACFI User Guide and ACFI Answer Appraisal Pack. These changes are designed to enhance the evidence requirements and reinforce the original intent of the ACFI. As such, many approved providers will already be meeting the new requirements. The changes have been developed in consultation with sector representatives through the ACFI Monitoring Group and its sub-group the ACFI Technical Reference Group.

For information about changes:

ACFI Monitoring Group

The Department has established the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Monitoring Group to monitor the impact of the 1 July 2012 (and any subsequent) changes to the ACFI on government expenditure growth, including the distribution of the financial impact across the aged care sector. The ACFI Monitoring Group currently meets each month. The outcomes from each meeting of the ACFI Monitoring Group are posted below for information:

August 2012

10 August 2012 (PDF 213 KB)
10 August 2012 (Word 793 KB)

September 2012

26 September 2012 (July 2012 data) (PDF 314 KB)
26 September 2012 (July 2012 data) (Word 811 KB)

October 2012

23 October 2012 (August 2012 data) (PDF 179 KB)
23 October 2012 (August 2012 data) (Word 792 KB)

December 2012

13 December 2012 (September 2012 data) (PDF 137 KB)
13 December 2012 (September 2012 data) (Word 810 KB)

February 2013

8 February 2013 (November 2012 data) (PDF 143 KB)
8 February 2013 (November 2012 data) (Word 714 KB)

March 2013

27 March 2013 (December 2012 data) (PDF 139 KB)
27 March 2013 (December 2012 data) (Word 822 KB)

April 2013

26 April 2013 (January 2013 data) (PDF 177 KB)
26 April 2013 (January 2013 data) (Word 815 KB)

June and July 2013

21 June and 24 July 2013 (April 2013 data) (PDF 156 KB)
21 June and 24 July 2013 (April 2013 data) (Word 818 KB)

August 2013

21 August 2013 (May 2012 data) (PDF 158 KB)
21 August 2013 (May 2012 data) (Word 809 KB)

November 2013

November 2013 (August 2013 data) (PDF 149 KB)
November 2013 (August 2013 data) (Word 726 KB)

December 2013

December 2013 (September 2013 data) (PDF 135 KB)
December 2013 (September 2013 data) (Word 799 KB)

January 2014

January 2014 (October 2013 data) (PDF 143 KB)
January 2014 (October 2013 data) (Word 801 KB)

February 2014

February 2014 (November 2013 data) (PDF 151 KB)
February 2014 (November 2013 data) (Word 820 KB)

March 2014

March 2014 data (December 2013 data) (PDF 301 KB)
March 2014 data (December 2013 data) (Word 819 KB)

April 2014

April 2014 (January 2014 data) (PDF 134 KB)
April 2014 (January 2014 data) (Word 807 KB)

Changes to the ACFI – 1 July 2012

From 1 July 2012, changes were made to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) to give effect to decisions within the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package. These changes are designed to bring future growth in care subsidies back to historic growth rates of between 2% to 3% above indexation and to enable funds to be redirected to other elements of the package. These changes were developed following extensive consultation with the sector since December 2011.

Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument

The Department of Health and Ageing has undertaken a review of the ACFI in consultation with consumers, aged care providers, aged care workers and health professionals, and their representatives through the ACFI Industry Reference Group and the ACFI Technical Reference Group. The review was also informed by the analysis of relevant data and reports and by 98 submissions from stakeholders. The report was released May 2011. For more information about the Review visit Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument.

ACFI Fact Sheets

Aged Care Funding Instrument - Fact Sheets

Information sheets on the ACFI, accommodation payment and income testing changes.

ACFI Reports

The ACFI Reports provide information to the sector. The reports include:
  • Annual ACFI Reports – these reports provide the breakdown of days spent in each ACFI classification by state in that year. These reports are completed each financial year starting 2011-2012.
  • Quarterly Reports – these reports details the transition from RCS to ACFI. These reports are as at the end of each quarter from June 2009 to December 2012.

ACFI Current Rates

Information on current ACFI subsidy rates.

ACFI Application for Classification Form

The ACFI Application for Classification form - The ACFI Application for Classification is available for download from Medicare Australia.

ACFI Documents

The following documents are available to download:

ACFI contact details:

ACFI business rules and funding queries email Aged Care Funding Instrument or phone My Aged Care 1800 200 422
ACFI payments (Medicare Australia) 1800 195 206
ACFI online claiming and eBusiness (Medicare Australia) 1800 700 199

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