Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Reports

Page last updated: 26 March 2018

The Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) assesses the relative care needs of residents and is the mechanism for allocating the Government subsidy to aged care providers for delivering care to residents. The ACFI replaced the former Resident Classification Scale (RCS) on 20 March 2008. The instrument consists of 12 care need questions, some of which have specified assessment tools.

The ACFI has three funding categories or domains: Activities of Daily Living (ADL), Behaviour (BEH) and Complex Health Care (CHC). Funding in each of these domains is provided at the following levels: High (H), Medium (M), Low (L) and Nil (N).

There are three types of report available:

Annual ACFI Reports

These reports provide the breakdown of days spent in each ACFI classification by state in that year. The reports are totaled by state. The reports are correct at time of posting and not subsequently updated. The unallocated column reflects the appraisal data not attributable to a state. Average daily subsidy rates assume that the days are paid at the ACFI rating. The report does not take into account actual subsidies paid to providers. Some examples of variances include the very small proportion of days are still paid under their saved RCS rates, late fees and default rate payments. These reports are completed for each financial year starting 2011-2012.

ACFI Annual Report - 2013-14

Previous Annual ACFI Reports are available from the National Library of Australia's Australian Government Web Archive.

Quarterly Reports

Each set of Quarterly Reports contains tables which outline the following:

  1. Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Classification Statistics – Percentage of permanent residents by ACFI Classification by State as at the end of the particular quarter.
  2. Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Classification Statistics – Percentage of permanent residents by ACFI Classification and Previous RCS Category as at the end of the particular quarter.
  3. Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Appraisal Statistics – Percentage of permanent residents by Saved Rate* and previous RCS Category as at the end of the particular quarter. * Grand-parenting arrangements apply if the rate of subsidy associated with the resident’s ACFI classification does not exceed their current RCS subsidy rate by more than $15. The subsidy for that resident would continue to be paid at the existing RCS rate and this is referred to as the ‘RCS saved rate’.
  4. Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Appraisal Statistics – Percentage of permanent residents by ACFI Question** for ACFI-appraised residents as at the end of the particular quarter.

    ** The ACFI consists of 12 care need questions. The answer to each question is rated as A, B, C or D, each of which has a score attached depending on the question. These scores are used to assign a classification of H, M, L or N in each of the three domains (such as MLH), which determines the level of care subsidy for the resident.

Note: Data is correct at time of posting and not subsequently updated.

The following 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. You may download these tables in Excel format:

ACFI Monthly Monitoring Reports

These reports track the monthly growth in ACFI subsidies compared to estimates.

The Aged Care Sector Committee has formed a subcommittee, the ACFI Expenditure Working Group to work with the Department to understand the causes of recent growth in residential care subsidies and to consider options to ensure sustainability of Government expenditure and provide sector certainty.

Under the Administrative Arrangements Order of September 2013, responsibility for all Ageing and Aged Care programmes was transferred from the Department of Health and Ageing to the Department of Social Services. Below are the meeting outcome documents prior to the transfer:

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