General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP)

The General Practice Rural Incentives Program 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

Page last updated: 27 September 2018

In September 2018, all GPRIP communication and documentation was updated. There have been no policy changes to the GPRIP. Information relating to the Workforce Incentive Program has been included. Updated GPRIP Program Guidelines and application forms are available below.

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.

There are two payment systems used for the GPRIP – the Central Payment System (CPS) and the Flexible Payment System (FPS).

Central Payment System

Medical practitioners who bill Medicare for eligible services receive automated payments made by the Department of Human Services (Human Services) through the CPS. 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. After becoming eligible for a payment, medical practitioners must provide bank details within 60 calendar days of the date of the letter requesting bank details.

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

Flexible Payment System

Medical practitioners need to apply under the FPS if they provide eligible non-Medicare services and/or undertake training (under approved training pathways) 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 Program Guidelines for full details of the eligibility requirements.

Medical practitioners applying for payment under the FPS are required to complete an application process to receive GPRIP incentives using the application forms below.

The GPRIP FPS Application Form needs to be submitted to the RWA 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 FPS are also required to submit the GPRIP Flexible Payment System Registrar Training Confirmation Form.

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

GPRIP Flexible Payment System Application Form

GPRIP Flexible Payment System Application Form for Applications from 1 July 2017 - Updated September 2018 (PDF 673 KB)
GPRIP Flexible Payment System Application Form for Applications from 1 July 2017 - Updated September 2018 (Word 586 KB)

GPRIP Flexible Payment System Registrar Training Confirmation Form

GPRIP Flexible Payment System Registrar Training Confirmation Form for Applications from 1 July 2017 - Updated September 2018 (PDF 359 KB)
GPRIP Flexible Payment System Registrar Training Confirmation Form for Applications from 1 July 2017 - Updated September 2018 (Word 92 KB)

Please note: The GPRIP may be subject to change by Government and it is the responsibility of eligible medical practitioners to ensure they are operating under the current version of the GPRIP Program Guidelines. Any claim for loss of payment or any other loss as a result of a medical practitioner failing to operate under the current version of the GPRIP Program Guidelines will not be considered.

Workforce Incentive Program

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced changes to streamline the GPRIP and the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) into a single Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) as part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

The WIP provides targeted financial incentives to encourage medical practitioners to deliver eligible primary health care services in regional, rural or remote areas that have difficulty attracting and retaining medical practitioners. It also provides financial incentives to support eligible general practices to employ nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioners and allied health professionals.

Under the WIP, the GPRIP will transition to what will be known as the Doctor Stream. The PNIP will transition to what will be known as the Practice Stream.

The WIP will commence on 1 July 2019.

Further information on the WIP is available on the Department of Health’s website.

Stage One Trial of Health Care Homes

From 1 October 2017, practice locations across Australia commenced participation in the stage one trial of Health Care Homes.

The stage one trial of Health Care Homes was announced on 31 March 2016 in response to the recommendations in the Primary Health Care Advisory Group Report ‘Better Outcomes for People with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions’. See the GPRIP - Stage One Trial of Health Care Homes webpage for more information for medical practitioners participating in the stage one trial of Health Care Homes in Modified Monash (MM) 3-7 locations.

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

Independent Expert Panel - Report on the public consultation and advice to Government on the redesign of the GPRIP

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

GPRIP Information

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.

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