General Practice Rural Incentives Program

Encourages general practitioners to work in rural and remote areas of Australia.

About the program

The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) started on 1 July 2010 as part of the 2009-10 Rural Health Workforce Strategy. The program encourages general practitioners to practise in rural and remote communities and promotes careers in rural medicine.

Find out more about the GPRIP and eligibility requirements on the Department of Health website, or you can contact us.

On 1 July 2015, new eligibility criteria was introduced for the GPRIP.

The program moved to the Modified Monash Model (MMM) to determine eligible locations, which are now classified as MM 3-7. Find out more on the Doctor Connect website.

Initial payments under the new arrangement will be made after July 2016.

Changes to the Rural Relocation Incentive Grant

On 25 May 2015, the Rural Relocation Incentive Grant (RRIG) ceased. Previously approved RRIG participants will continue to receive payments if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements for the RRIG have not changed and ongoing eligibility will be assessed based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) classification system.

GPRIP on Health Professional Online Services

You can provide or update your bank account details and receive your payment statements and correspondence securely online using Health Professional Online Services (HPOS). Read more about HPOS access requirements or Provider Digital Access (PRODA).

How to view GPRIP Information

  • select the My programs tile from the main menu
  • select the Rural Incentive Programs tile

Resources

Page last updated: 4 July 2016

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