General Practice Statistics

This section of the website contains information on General Practice Statistics.

Page last updated: 01 October 2014

GP Workforce Statistics – 1984-85 to 2013-14

The headcount figures include only those practitioners who provided at least one service and had at least one claim for service processed within the year. Figures (especially the headcount figures) will differ from those published prior to 2007-08 as a result of methodology changes, specifically:
  • changes to the definition of an ‘active GP’ (the methodology for calculating headcount figures); and
  • the use of a standardised imputation methodology for missing demographic information.
As part of the Health and Ageing 2009-10 Budget Measure- Confronting the Rural Health Challenge the Government announced that from 1 July 2009, the Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas (RRMA) system will be replaced by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) system. The ASGC-RA was developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, uses 2006 Census data, and is widely used by Commonwealth and state agencies.

Excel version: GP Workforce Statistics (Excel 396 KB)

The Department of Health has made every effort to ensure that the Microsoft Excel version of the above document meets accessibility requirements. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing the information contained within this document, please email the MBS Statistic inbox to arrange for an alternative format to be provided to you.

PDF version: GP Workforce Statistics (PDF 403 KB)

Further information about these and related statistics are available from the Director, Costing and Information Analysis Section, MBS Analytics Section.

Document help

When accessing large documents (over 500 KB in size), it is recommended that the following procedure be used:

  1. Click the link with the RIGHT mouse button
  2. Choose "Save Target As.../Save Link As..." depending on your browser
  3. Select an appropriate folder on a local drive to place the downloaded file

Attempting to open large documents within the browser window (by left-clicking) may inhibit your ability to continue browsing while the document is opening and/or lead to system problems.

To view PDF (Portable Document Format) documents, you will need to have a PDF reader installed on your computer. A number of PDF readers are available through the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) Web Guide website.