Aged Care Funding Instrument
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.
ACFI User Guide and ACFI Answer Appraisal packAs advised on 20 December 2012, changes to the revised ACFI User Guide and ACFI Answer Appraisal Pack come into effect from 1 February 2013. The revised documents are now available. From 1 February 2013 all appraisals must be completed in accordance with these documents.
Letters to Providers Advising of a Change to ACFI Classification of Some ResidentsSome 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 February 2013From 1 February 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 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 GroupThe 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:
Meeting 1 - 10 August 2012
Meeting 2 - 26 September 2012
Meeting 3 - 23 October 2012
Meeting 4 - 13 December 2012
Meeting 5 - 8 February 2013
Meeting 6 - 27 March 2013
Meeting 7 - 26 April 2013
Changes to the ACFI – 1 July 2012From 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 have been developed following extensive consultation with the sector since December 2011.
For further information about the changes visit the Aged Care Funding Instrument Information page
Review of the Aged Care Funding InstrumentThe 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 SheetsAged Care Funding Instrument - Fact Sheets
Information sheets on the ACFI, accommodation payment and income testing changes.
ACFI Quarterly ReportsThe ACFI Quarterly Reports summarise national data on ACFI-appraised residents as at the end of the particular quarter. Residents are grouped in the Tables according to their ACFI classification. These tables can be downloading in Excel format.
ACFI Application for Classification FormThe ACFI Application for Classification form - The ACFI Application for Classification is available for download from Medicare Australia.
ACFI DocumentsThe following documents are available to download:
- ACFI User Guide
- Answer Appraisal Pack
- Assessment Pack
- PAS Guide
- Suggested Assessments for ACFI questions 1 to 4
- ACFI Application for Classification Form
- Residential Care Manual
ACFI contact details:ACFI business rules and funding queries email Aged Care Funding Instrument or phone 1800 200 422
ACFI payments (Medicare Australia) 1800 195 206
ACFI online claiming and eBusiness (Medicare Australia) 1800 700 199
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