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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30–Elapsed time for aged care services, 2016

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 30–Elapsed time for aged care services, 2016
METeOR identifier:Help on this term598718
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 31/01/2017
Description:Help on this term

The elapsed time between entry into a residential aged care service or commencement of a Home Care Package and an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approval.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2016) Health, Superseded 31/01/2017
Outcome area:Help on this termAged Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 30-Elapsed time for aged care services, 2016 QS Health, Superseded 31/01/2017

Collection and usage attributes

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ACAT approval refers to the approval date of the most recent ACAT assessment prior to admission into residential care or commencement of a Home Care Package.

Service type: Residential care; Home Care Package — levels 1–2; Home Care Package — levels 3–4.

Data for residential care only includes permanent residents.

Elapsed time period: within two days or less, seven days or less, less than one month, less than three months, less than nine months.

Analysis of Indigenous status is by self-reported indication on the associated last ACAT assessment record made before entry into aged care.

Disaggregation by state and territory is based on the location of the aged care service.

Disaggregation by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is based on the recipient's postcode at time of assessment.

Presented as:

  • percentage of people admitted by length of entry period and service type.
Computation:Help on this term

100 x (Numerator/Denominator) calculated separately for each service type and elapsed time period.

Numerator:Help on this term

Number of aged care recipients who first commence a service within elapsed time periods during the financial year.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—ACAT assessment date


Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data, as provided by the Department of Social Services


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—service commencement date


Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data, as provided by the Department of Social Services


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—first admission indicator


Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data, as provided by the Department of Social Services


Denominator:Help on this term

Total number of aged care recipients who first commence a service during the financial year.

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—service commencement date


Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data, as provided by the Department of Social Services


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—first admission indicator


Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data, as provided by the Department of Social Services


Disaggregation:Help on this term

2014–15—State and territory, by service type, by:

  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure)
  • 2011 SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles

2014–15—Nationally by service type, by 2011 SEIFA IRSD deciles (not reported).

Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—area of usual residence


Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data, as provided by the Department of Social Services

Used for disaggregation by state/territory, remoteness and SEIFA


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—Indigenous status


Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data, as provided by the Department of Social Services


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—service type


Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data, as provided by the Department of Social Services


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2016 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2014–15.

This indicator needs to be interpreted with care. The measure of 'elapsed time' is utilised because the period of time between entry into residential aged care or commencement of a Home Care Package and the ACAT approval may be due to factors which cannot be categorised as 'waiting' time. These include:

  • care placement offers that are not accepted
  • the availability of alternative community care, informal care and respite services
  • variations in care fee regimes that influence client choice of preferred service
  • building quality and perceptions about quality of care that influence client choice of preferred service
  • obtaining approval for care for use in the future, without intending to accept the care offer in the short term.

From 1 August 2013, the new Home Care Packages Programme commenced, replacing the previous Community Aged Care Packages (CACP), Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACHD) packages. Reporting for Home Care Packages are initially by two broad groups of packages — levels 1–2 and levels 3–4 — due to the relatively small numbers of initial recipients of Home Care Package levels 1 and 3.

From 1 July 2014, as part of Commonwealth reforms to the aged care system, the distinction between low care and high care was removed for permanent residential aged care. Therefore, residential care data for 2014–15 will be reported for total residential care only. (Residential care data for previous years was reported disaggregated by low care and high care).

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this term

National Healthcare Agreement

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

Specification: Minor work required, the measure needs minor work to meet the intention of the indicator.

Consideration to be given to collect "reason for delayed uptake" where elapsed time is greater than 3 months.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30-Elapsed time for aged care services, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30–Elapsed time for aged care services, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018

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