About the Workforce Incentive Program

The Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) includes a number of incentives aimed at encouraging health professionals to work in regional, rural and remote areas and support general practices to provide multidisciplinary team-based care.


The WIP consists of 3 incentive streams:

  • the Practice stream, which pays incentives to practices to support multidisciplinary team-based care by engaging a range of health professionals
  • the Doctor Stream, which pays incentives directly to doctors providing primary care in Modified Monash (MM) 3-7 locations
  • the Rural Advanced Skill payment which will pay doctors directly to provide both primary care and emergency and/or advanced skills in MM3-7 locations.

The WIP – Practice Stream replaced the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) in early 2020.

The WIP – Doctor Stream replaced the General Practice Incentive Program (GPRIP) in January 2020.

Further information on each WIP incentives stream can be found online.

WIP governance

We hold policy responsibility for the WIP.

Services Australia assists in the administration and provision of WIP payments.

The Rural Workforce Agencies in each state and the Northern Territory also assist in administration and calculation of the WIP – Doctor Stream and Rural Advanced Skills payments.

WIP news

Services Australia produces a quarterly newsletter called Incentives News Update. This newsletter keeps readers up to date with the WIP and the Practice Incentives Program.


Workforce Incentive Program – Rural Advanced Skills Stream contact

Contact us for questions on eligibility and program rules. Contact the Rural Workforce Agency for questions around the preparation of applications and calculation of individual payments.
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Workforce Incentive Program – Doctor Stream contact

Contact us with questions about eligibility for the WIP Doctor Stream. Contact Services Australia with questions about payment calculation enquiries.
Health and Aged Care
Services Australia

Workforce Incentive Program – Practice Stream contact

Contact us with questions about eligibility for the WIP Practice Stream. Contact Services Australia with questions about payment assessment and calculation enquiries.
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