Practice Incentives Program

The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) aims to encourage continuing improvements in general practice through financial incentives to support quality care, and improve access and health outcomes for patients.

To be eligible to participate in the PIP, a practice must be accredited or registered for accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices. Practices must achieve full accreditation within 12 months of joining the PIP and maintain full accreditation thereafter.

Administered by the Department of Human Services on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health, PIP is part of a blended payment approach for general practice. Payments made through the program are in addition to other income earned by GPs and the practice, such as patient payments and Medicare rebates.


Current incentives

The PIP currently comprises 11 incentives. Participating practices can apply for as many or as few as are applicable to their practice. Each PIP has its own program eligibility criteria, questions and required supporting evidence. The PIP includes incentives for:

In addition, the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) incentivises general practices to employ practice nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practitioners. Aboriginal Medical Services may also attract the PNIP to employ allied health professionals. 

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for participation in the PIP, a practice must:

  • Meet the PIP definition of 'open practice'
  • Be accredited or registered for accreditation against the Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices
  • If the practice is registered for accreditation, full accreditation must be obtained within 12 months of joining the PIP and maintained from then on
  • Maintain current public liability insurance
  • Ensure all general practitioners and nurse practitioners maintain current professional indemnity cover.

PIP forms and guideliness can be accessed through the Department of Human Services or Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

For further information about PIP, visit our Resource Library and choose Practice Incentives Program for a list of downloadable resources.

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