General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP)

This page contains information on the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.

Page last updated: 01 November 2016

On 1 November 2016, all GPRIP documentation was updated. There has been no changes to eligibility or program requirements. Further information has been included around leave/inactivity under GPRP and how MBS billing is attributed to quarters. Additionally, from 1 November 2016 GP Registrars on the ACRRM Independent Pathway can now apply for payment under the Flexible Payment System if they are not billing Medicare for training in eligible locations.


Changes to the General Practice Rural Incentives Program

Please note: Commonwealth salaried medical practitioners providing primary care services in MM6-7 locations will continue to be eligible under the Flexible Payment System from 1 July 2015

From 1 July 2015, the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) moved to the new classification system, the Modified Monash Model (MMM), to more effectively target financial incentives to doctors working in areas that experience greater difficulty attracting and retaining general practitioners. Commencing on 1 July 2015, participants are now being assessed against the new eligibility criteria. The first payments under the new arrangements are expected to commence in August/September 2016.

See the Program Guidelines below for full details of the redesigned Program and eligibility requirements.

All current participants will have received a pro-rata payment for services up to 30 June 2015 if they met the pro-rata eligibility requirements based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) model.

Visit the Pro-rata Payment Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

Rural Relocation Incentive Grant Cessation

The Rural Relocation Incentive Grant (RRIG) ceased on 25 May 2015. Previously approved RRIG participants will continue to receive payments if they continue to meet the RRIG eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements for the RRIG have not changed and ongoing eligibility will be assessed based on the ASGC-RA classification system. No new applications to join the scheme will be accepted.

Independent Expert Panel - Report on the public consultation and advice to Government on the redesign of the General Practice Rural Incentives Program

On 1 December 2014, Senator The Hon Fiona Nash announced that an Independent Expert Panel would consider the application of the MMM to GPRIP, and also consider pathways for junior doctors to rural practice.
Independent Expert Panel’s Report.

GPRIP Information

GPRIP aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional and remote communities and promote careers in rural medicine.

For payment assessment and calculation enquiries please contact The Department of Human Services on 1800 010 550. For eligibility enquiries please contact gprip@health.gov.au.

Applying for Payment Via the Flexible Payment System

Only medical practitioners who are not billing Medicare for any or all of the eligible primary care services they have delivered within eligible locations need to complete an application process to receive GPRIP incentives via the Flexible Payment System using the application forms below.

This includes GP Registrars who are on eligible training placements under the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Independent Pathway and are not billing Medicare for all their work while on placement. The Flexible Payment System Application Form needs to be submitted to the Rural Workforce Agency in the state or the Northern Territory in which the medical practitioner has provided the majority of their services or training.

GP Registrars who are applying for payment under the Flexible Payment System are also required to submit the Registrar Training Confirmation Form.

Please note these forms require handwritten signatures and therefore are intended to be paper based. The Printable PDF versions are the recommended documents for medical practitioners to download, print, complete and submit.

GPRIP Flexible Payment System Application Form

GPRIP Flexible Payment System Registrar Training Confirmation Form

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