General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP)

The GPRIP aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional, rural and remote communities and to promote careers in rural medicine through the provision of financial incentives. The program aims to retain these medical practitioners in regional, rural and remote locations by providing incentives to continue to work in these areas.

To be eligible for the GPRIP, medical practitioners must:

  • provide eligible primary care services and/ or undertake GP Registrar training placements under an approved training pathway in regional, rural and remote locations (Modified Monash [MM] 3-7 within Australia; and
  • have an eligible current Medicare provider number; and
  • have provided current bank account details to the Department of Human Services (Human Services) specifically for the GPRIP.

See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

Central Payment System (CPS) and Flexible Payment System (FPS)

There are two payment systems used for the GPRIP- the CPS and the FPS.

Medical practitioners who bill Medicare for eligible services receive automated payments made by Human Services. Medical Practitioners are not required to submit an application to access GPRIP payments through the CPS, they are only required to provide bank details to Human Services.

Medical Practitioners need to apply under the FPS if they provide eligible non-Medicare services and/ or undertake training (under approved training pathways- currently the Australian General Practice Training [AGPT] program or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine [ACRRM] Independent Pathway) that is not reflected in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) records. Medical practitioners must apply directly to the Rural Workforce Agency (RWA) in the state or the Northern Territory in which they provide the majority of services.

Medical practitioners may apply for a ‘top-up’ payment under the FPS if they fit into the Alternative Employment Provisions and have not billed the MBS for all eligible services, or, if they meet the eligibility requirements under the Special Top-Up Provisions.

See the GPRIP Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

On 1 July 2015, the GPRIP was redesigned and moved to the Modified Monash Model (MMM), a classification system that more effectively targets financial incentives to medical practitioners working in areas that experience greater difficulty attracting and retaining medical practitioners.

The table below sets out the maximum annual payments available to medical practitioners across each MM at each Year Level.

Location

(MM)

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
MM3 $0 $4,500 $7,500 $7,500 $12,000
MM4 $0 $8,000 $13,000 $13,000 $18,000
MM5 $0 $12,000 $17,000 $17,000 $23,000
MM6 $16,000 $16,000 $25,000 $25,000 $35,000
MM7 $25,000 $25,000 $35,000 $35,000 $60,000

To download the GPRIP FPS Application Form, please click here.

For more information on the GPRIP, please click here.

Contact

GPRIP Coordinator

t 08 8982 1029 gprip@ntphn.org.au