Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Reports

Page last updated: 28 October 2019

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 still paid to providers 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.

ACFI Review Quarterly Reports

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

  1. Total number of ACFI reviews and review outcomes by State for the quarter.
  2. Total number of ACFI reviews and review outcomes by ACFI question for the quarter.
  3. Total number of ACFI reviews and upgrade and downgrade rates by State and question for the quarter.

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

ACFI Monthly Monitoring Reports

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

Under the Administrative Arrangements Order of September 2013, responsibility for all Ageing and Aged Care programs 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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