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General Practice Rural Incentives Programme

The General Practice Rural Incentives Programme (GPRIP) is an Australian Government incentive that commenced on 1 July 2010. GPRIP aims to promote careers in rural medicine as well as increase, recognise and retain medical practitioners in rural and remote Australia.

Significant changes to the programme came into effect on 1 July 2015.

In brief:

  • GPRIP has transitioned to the Modified Monash Model (MMM) classification system to determine location eligibility. Eligible locations are classified as MMM 3-7.
  • New payment levels.
  • New minimum and maximum thresholds for 'active' quarters.
  • For new participants, payments will commence after eight active quarters in MMM 3-5 locations and four active quarters for MMM 6-7 locations.
  • Doctors already on the programme will receive a pro-rata payment based on the old payment scale up to 30 June 2015. They will then commence under the new programme with first payments made from 30 June 2016.

For more detailed information, go to the  Department of Health website

GP and Registrar Eligibility

To be eligible, medical practitioners must deliver primary care services and/or undertake GP registrar placements in regional and remote NSW. Please note the following:

  • Payments are scaled according to MMM locations, length of practice and clinical workload of eligible services.
  • Calculations are based on active quarters. Clinical workload is measured by Medicare billings - between $6,000 and $30,000 per quarter. An incentive payment is calculated as a pro-rata percentage of a full load (at least $30,000) per quarter.
  • A GPRIP scale per MMM location is averaged for any quarter across all MMMs worked.

Leave Provisions

Leave periods of up to five years (20 consecutive quarters) may be taken without losing year level status.

Payment Amounts (from 1 July 2015)

The following table outlines payments for each location and year level:

Level of Service (Year)
Modified Monash Category
1
2
3
4
5 plus
2
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
$4,500
$7,500
$7,500
$12,000
4
0
$8,000
$13,000
$13,000
$18,000
5
0
$12,000
$17,000
$17,000
$23,000
6
$16,000
$16,000
$25,000
$25,000
$35,000
7
$25,000
$25,000
$35,000
$35,000
$60,000

Source: Rural & Regional Health Australia

Central Payment System (CPS)

Most medical practitioners (including GP registrars) will not need to apply because their eligibility is automatically calculated by Medicare. When payment is due, Medicare will ask for the nominated bank account details. Please note that GPRIP is considered taxable income by the Australian Tax Office. For more information about CPS, please phone the Department of Human Services on 1800 010 550.

Flexible Payment System (FPS)

The FPS is for medical practitioners (including GP registrars) who provide eligible services and/or undertake GP registrar training placements that are not adequately reflected in Medicare records. As the Rural Workforce Agency (RWA) in New South Wales, RDN calculates FPS payments.

Making an FPS application

The FPS is used to assess payments in the following categories:

  • Alternative employment.
  • Top-up provisions.

For more information, FPS application form and Registrar Training Confirmation form please follow this link to the Department of Health 

FPS enquiries

For more information about the FPS in NSW or to lodge an application, email RDN or call 02 4924 8000.