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The development of the Advance Care Planning Improvement (ACPI) Toolkit was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, and delivered by Advance Care Planning Australia.

The ACPI Toolkit was developed to support the uptake and quality of advance care planning and advance care directives across Australia, ensuring that more Australians have choice and control over their future treatment decisions.

ACPI Toolkit Overview

The health and aged care workforce and service providers have responsibilities in legislation and common law to implement advance care planning (ACP) and enact Advance Care Directives (ACDs).

The ACPI Toolkit provides health and aged care services with resources to support organisational advance care planning uptake, performance monitoring, and quality improvement. The toolkit complies with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards and Aged Care Quality Standards.

The ACPI Toolkit has been developed to support health organisations and aged care services:

  • provide consistent ACP assessment tools
  • collect a standardised and robust ACP dataset
  • document and measure the quality of ACP in their healthcare settings.

Using the Toolkit

The ACPI Toolkit includes a guide outlining how to use the ACPI Toolkit within your organisation, three separate audit tools, and reporting templates that align with each audit tool.

The three audit tools assess an organisation’s:

  • Advance care planning organisational systems
  • Advance care planning documents in health records
  • Advance care planning consumer experience.

Annual auditing is recommended for best practice.

Tailored for your state or territory

Due to differences in laws governing medical treatment decisions and advance care planning across states and territories, a customised version of the toolkit has been developed for each jurisdiction. They can be downloaded below.

If you would like to request a Word version of the ACPI Toolkit to access editable sections, access SurveyMonkey surveys, or would like to request a toolkit for multiple states / territories, please contact us at

The copyrighted contents of this Toolkit cannot be altered.

Last updated: December 2023