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Workforce Incentives Program

The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) has had an update and name change and is now the Workforce Incentive Program (WIP). WIP continues 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.

 

Central Payment System (CPS) and Flexible Payment System (FPS)

There are two payment systems used for the WIP – the CPS and the FPS.

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 WIP payments through the CPS, they are only required to provide bank details to Human Services.

Medical practitioners need to apply under the FPS if they provide eligible non-Medicare services and/or undertake training (under approved training pathways – currently the Australian General Practice Training [AGPT] program or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine [ACRRM] Independent Pathway 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.

See the WIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

Medical practitioners applying for payment under the FPS are required to do so using the application form. The supporting documentation required is detailed in the Application Form and in the WIP Guidelines.

The WIP - Doctor Stream FPS Application Form needs to be submitted directly to the Rural Workforce Agency (RWA) in the state or territory in which the medical practitioner has provided the majority of their services or training.

 

Leave provisions

Medical practitioners who have not been eligible for a payment within the 24 quarters (six years) immediately prior to becoming eligible for a new payment will recommence in the program as a new participant. This means a medical practitioner can be inactive for a period of up to five years for any reasons without loss of accrued Year Level status, but will not receive the WIP payments for any period of leave.

Note: This does not mean they can receive payment upon return for any active quarters worked prior to their fifth inactive quarter.

 

Maximum incentive payment amounts

The following table outlines the maximum annual payment available across each Modified Monash Model (MMM) locations at each year level:

Location (MMM) 
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5 plus
MMM 3
0
$4,500
$7,500
$7,500
$12,000
MMM 4
0
$8,000
$13,000
$13,000
$18,000
MMM 5
0
$12,000
$17,000
$17,000
$23,000
MMM 6
$16,000
$16,000
$25,000
$25,000
$35,000
MMM 7
$25,000
$25,000
$35,000
$35,000
$60,000

Note: the MMM3 category in the table also includes GP Registrars on approved training pathways undertaking selected approved training in MMM1 and MMM2 locations.

See the WIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

 

Alternative employment

A range of specifc services, know as alternative employment, which are not included under the CPS may be claimed through the FPS.  Specific eligibility criteria applies to the type of work and location.   

See the WIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements for alternative employment.

 

More information

For more detailed information on the WIP, including access to the guidelines and application forms, please visit the Department of Health's Website. 

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