Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) User Guide

Page last updated: 28 February 2017

The ACFI is a resource allocation instrument. It focuses on the main areas that discriminate care needs among residents. The ACFI assesses core care needs as a basis for allocating funding.

The ACFI focuses on care needs related to day to day, high frequency need for care. These aspects are appropriate for measuring the average cost of care in longer stay environments.

While based on the differential resource requirements of individual persons, the ACFI is primarily intended to deliver funding to the financial entity providing the care environment. This entity for most practical purposes is the residential aged care home. When completed on all residents in the facility the ACFI provides sufficient precision to determine the overall relative care needs profile and the subsequent funding.

The ACFI consists of 12 questions about assessed care needs, each having four ratings (A, B, C or D) and two diagnostic sections. While the ACFI questions provide basic information that is related to fundamental care need areas, it is not a comprehensive assessment package. Comprehensive assessment will consider a broader range of care needs than is necessarily required in a funding instrument.

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