General Practice Rural Incentives Program
The General Practice Rural Incentives Program aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional, rural and remote communities through the provision of financial incentives.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, 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 Model 3-7) within Australia;
- have an eligible current Medicare provider number;
- have provided current bank account details to the Department of Human Services specifically for the GP Rural Incentives Program.
See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for further details.
There are two payment systems used for the GPRIP – the Central Payment System and the Flexible Payment System.
Central Payment System
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 GP Rural Incentive payments through the Central Payment System; they are only required to provide bank details to Human Services.
Flexible Payment System
Medical Practitioners who provide eligible non-Medicare services and/or undertake training that is not reflected in the Medicare Benefits Schedule records need to apply under the Flexible Payment System. Training must be under approved training pathways – currently the Australian General Practice Training program or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Independent Pathway.
Medical practitioners who provide the majority of their services in the NT should apply for the incentive to Rural Workforce Agency NT.
Medical practitioners may apply for a ‘top-up’ payment under the Flexible Payment System 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.
Schedule of payments
The table below sets out the maximum annual payments available to medical practitioners across each Modified Monash Model (MMM) area in each year of active service in the program.
To apply, complete the GPRIP FPS Application Form.
For more information on this program, please contact:
t 08 8982 1029