What is involved in the ACAT/ACAS Assessment? 3.1

ACAT/ ACAS Assessment

An ACAT or ACAS assessment is also needed to:

  • have respite care in an aged care home (nursing home)
  • access transition care (a temporary stay after or sometimes before a time in hospital)


  • receive aged care services through a Home Care Package

What is involved in an ACAT/ ACAS assessment?



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The aim is to understand your situation and needs fully, so assessors will look at various things, including:


 All this feeds into getting the type of care that is best for you.

The good news is that you don't need to go anyway.  The assessor comes to you.

Don't be concerned: you can have anyone you want to be with you during the assessment.

Don't be concerned, there is nothing to be afraid of and you can have anyone you want to be with you during the assessment. 

Annie Donaldson agedcare101  Registered Nurse, Carer 

Who is on the Aged Care Assessment Team?

Aged Care Assessment Teams are usually made up of:


Often they are based in the local hospital or community health service centre.

How long does an ACAT/ACAS assessment take place?

An assessment will generally take between 45 minutes and 75 minutes.  And it usually takes another two weeks before the report arrives.  This is important because you need this report before you can start looking for an aged care home.

Do you have to pay for the ACAT assessment?

No, the ACAT assessment is free.  The good news is, it doesn't cost a cent.

Top Tip

You can get an emergency ACAT assessment meeting with as little as 48 hours notice.  Normally though it takes up to 6 weeks to have the assessment followed by another 2 weeks for the report.