Australian Emergency Care Classification Fact Sheet

Date published: 16 October 2023

The Australian Emergency Care Classification (AECC) has been developed for use in emergency departments and replaced the use of the Urgency Related Group (URG) for pricing from 1 July 2021.

The AECC has three hierarchical levels which represent how the classification sorts emergency department presentations into different end classes. The complexity levels are based on a score assigned to each presentation which is calculated using the patient’s type of visit, episode end status, triage category, principal diagnosis, transport mode and age.

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