General Practitioner Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP)

The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) is a scheme designed to provide financial incentives to GPs working in rural and remote areas for long periods of time.

From 1 July 2015, GPRIP transitioned to the Modified Monash Model (MMM) classification system to determine eligible locations.

The MMM is a new classification system that better categorises metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to both geographical remoteness and population size. The system was developed to recognise the challenges in attracting health workers to more remote and smaller communities.

Eligible locations under the new GPRIP arrangements are classified as MMM 3-7. Payments are made once the required number of active quarters have been met.

For new participants, payments will commence after eight active quarters providing Medicare services in MMM 3-5 areas and after four active quarters in MMM 6-7 areas.

An ‘active’ quarter is one where the value of Medicare billed items for eligible services provided in eligible locations meets the minimum $6,000. A full payment will be earned where the maximum threshold of $30,000 or more of eligible billing is reached per quarter.

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

From August/September 2016 the first automated payments under the redesigned programme are scheduled to commence for work completed from 1 July 2015 onwards, via the Central Payment System (CPS). For those doctors who access GPRIP incentives via the Flexible Payment System (FPS), applications will be accepted from 1 July 2016 and payments are scheduled to commence from September/October 2016. Once your application has been assessed and a payment has been processed you will receive a written payment advice from the Department of Human Services (Human Services) notifying you of the payment amount.

For further information, please email gprip@healthworkforce.com.au.

Payment Amounts

The following table outlines payment amounts for each location and year level:

Year level Service
Modified Monash Category 1 2 3 4 5plus
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

Eligible Locations

Locator maps are available at doctorconnect.gov.au

Programme Guidelines

To access current guidelines and application forms please visit the GPRIP page on the Department of Health website here.

For further information regarding the changes please email gprip@health.gov.au