On 8 January 2021, the Australian Government announced its continued development of the possible replacement for the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding model by appointing six organisations to provide the independent assessors for the shadow period. These assessors will assess all residents commencing 1 April 2021. It is expected it will take approximately 12 months to complete these shadow assessments.
The Department has engaged Latrobe University to prepare and deliver the training needed for the clinically qualified independent assessors to commence assessments.
The term shadow assessment reflects that the ACFI will continue to operate during this period and will continue to be the mechanism through which funding assessments continue to be made. The AN-ACC shadow assessments will take place in parallel to ACFI assessments. During this time there will be no changes to ACFI processes. The AN-ACC shadow assessment process will not impact funding received by providers in relation to care recipients.
The shadow assessment process is necessary to ensure Government is prepared to respond in an agile manner to the final report of the Royal Commission into Quality and Safety in Aged Care. It does not reflect final decisions of Government to shift to the AN-ACC funding model, but rather a proactive approach to ensuring reform options are available to replace the outdated ACFI.
The Government will continue to consult with the sector on implementation matters before final decisions on the commencement of AN-ACC and an ongoing assessment workforce are finalised.
Find more information on the Residential Aged Care Funding Reform.