Aged care funding is changing but your care will not be affected

On the 1 October 2022, a new residential aged care funding model was introduced. The new model is called the Australian National Aged Care Classification, or AN-ACC for short.

AN-ACC is an important aged care reform that responds to a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

In practice, AN-ACC mostly impacts aged care providers and the funding they receive. The new funding model will help aged care homes across Australia better meet the costs of delivering care to  residents. 


What has changed and how will it affect my care?
How can I view my AN-ACC class?
Are there changes to residential respite services?
How will the changes affect people entering a home for palliative care?

 

What has changed and how it will it affect my care?

AN-ACC will change the way aged care providers receive funding. If you are currently receiving care, the move to the AN-ACC will not affect the care you receive or your current residential aged care living arrangements. 

If you aren’t assessed for an aged care home before the start of AN-ACC, there will be a change. Once you have been assessed as eligible and moved in, an independent assessor will attend the facility to talk to you and facility staff. The results of this assessment will be used to provide you with an AN-ACC class. This class will decide part of the funding your aged care home receives to meet your daily care needs. 

The changes also mean you will get more care time from registered nurses, enrolled nurses and personal care workers. This is a part of the Government’s commitment to improving access to direct clinical care for people living in residential aged care facilities. 

How can I view my AN-ACC class?

If you have had an assessment and want to view your AN-ACC class, you or your representatives, can find this information in your My Aged Care Online Account.  

Learn how to access your My Aged Care Online Account

Are there changes to residential respite services?

New residential respite funding arrangements were also introduced on 1 October 2022. The changes to residential respite funding will not impact on the care being delivered to respite care recipients. 

How will the changes affect people entering a home for palliative care?

AN-ACC provides a special path for people who enter an aged care home to receive planned palliative care when at, or near, end-of-life.

If you, or someone you care for, plan to enter an aged care home to receive palliative care, you are not required to do an assessment, if the eligibility requirements are met.

For further information on what this means to you, see the palliative care fact sheet.  

More information

For more information, visit the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

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