Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)
In March 2008 the new Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) was implemented, which replaced the Resident Classification Scale. It was part of the government's $1.6 billion Securing the future of Aged Care for Australians package and has been designed to better match funding to the complex care needs of residents, reduce documentation required and achieve higher levels of agreement between aged care staff and department review officers.
The ACFI rates table has been designed to help you understand the rates for each ACFI category.
The ACFI is the classification instrument to pay subsidies to residential aged care services.
ACFI application for classification is captured electronically using the Aged Care Online Claiming website through either:
- the Business to Business (B2B) channel
- the File Upload channel
- the Web Form channel
However, if a provider and its services are unable to transmit the ACFI through the above electronic channels, then paper-based ACFI can still be sent to Human Services.
You will benefit using online claiming by:
- immediate submission of the ACFI assessment through either the B2B or Web Form channel
- no funding delays—ACFI funding starts from the date the form is transmitted and received online by Human Services
- instant acknowledgement that your ACFI has been received by Human Services
- faster feedback from Human Services
- improved accuracy of data and payments due to less handling errors.
And for those that use the B2B channel:
- reduced paperwork
- improved access to data for use within business and delivery of care.
To register for Aged Care Online Claiming complete a Registration for Aged Care Online Claiming form.
The Aged Care Online Claiming website user guide is designed to help you understand and use the Aged Care Online Claiming website. The error and information messages section (section 29) will help you understand the messages you may receive while transmitting (ACFI) events.
There are two types of messages that can be received when transmitting an ACFI:
- information messages – these may not prevent you from transmitting an ACFI, but may require an action to be performed before Human Services can accept the ACFI
- error messages – these identify a problem with an ACFI you are trying to transmit, which requires an action to be performed before Human Services can accept the ACFI.
The guide also provides definitions for ACFI system codes as well as information on how to convert the Reason for this Application section to an appraisal code type.
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Last updated: 4 February, 2013