Entering residential aged care for palliative care

Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) Class 1 is a funding class for people who enter residential aged care for the purpose of receiving planned palliative care.

About AN-ACC Class 1

The AN-ACC funding model includes 13 variable funding classes which are assigned based on the characteristics of care recipients.

AN-ACC Class 1 is the classification assigned to residents who enter permanent residential aged care to receive planned palliative care. This includes residents who transfer from residential respite care to permanent residential care at the same service. A resident who has been approved for AN-ACC Class 1 does not need an AN-ACC assessment.

How we assign AN-ACC Class 1

To seek a determination of a care recipient’s eligibility for AN-ACC Class 1 status, the approved provider must submit a palliative care status form which will include the details of a medical assessment by an independent medical practitioner or nurse practitioner.

Read the guide to palliative care entry into aged care homes or the full eligibility requirements for approved providers to receive AN-ACC Class 1 funding.

If the information provided in the Palliative Care Status Form does not meet all the eligibility requirements, the resident will:

  • be referred for an AN‑ACC assessment
  • be assigned an AN-ACC classification when the results of the assessment are known.

How to submit the palliative care status form

Providers can submit the palliative care status form by attaching it to the palliative care application in the My Aged Care Service Provider Portal within 14 days from notification of the care recipient’s permanent entry. We may give an extension to submit the form in exceptional circumstances.

Who should keep the palliative care status form

Approved providers must keep a copy of all submitted Palliative Care Status Forms. Section 27 and section 27A of the Accountability Principles 2014 allows the department to request information and documents on the palliative care a resident receives, including an original form. The department may use this information to evaluate a provider’s eligibility for AN‑ACC Class 1 funding.


Approved providers can learn more about AN-ACC Class 1, including the eligibility requirements and how to complete the palliative care status form in the:

Individuals and their carers or family members can find more information and resources about palliative care by visiting our palliative care webpage.

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