The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) aims to support general practice activities.
These activities include continual improvements, quality care, enhanced capacity, and improved access and health outcomes for patients.
We administer the PIP on behalf of the Department of Health. The PIP consists of 11 individual incentives.
To be eligible for the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) your practice must meet certain criteria.
- to qualify for payments, practices must be participating in the PIP and meet the eligibility requirements of the incentives for the entire quarter, including the point in time dates
- to make any changes to your practice details, you must notify us
- all practitioners at the practice must complete the Practice Incentives Individual general practitioner or nurse practitioner details form and sign the declaration section
- Practices must confirm their details when an annual confirmation statement is sent in May each year. Confirmation can be made via Health Professional Online Services or fax or mail
- audit requirements on the Department of Health website
Practice accreditation for PIP
Practices must be accredited, or registered for accreditation, to participate in the PIP.
How to apply
To apply for the PIP your practice must be eligible. A practice owner can apply at any time, online or by form.
Practice Incentives Program Outcome
We will assess your application and advise your practice in writing of its eligibility. We may also:
Practice Incentives Program
The Practice Incentives Program encourages general practices to continue providing quality care, enhancing capacity, and improving access and health outcomes for patients.
The PIP Asthma Incentive aims to encourage GPs to better manage the clinical care of people with moderate to severe asthma.
Practice Incentives Program After Hours Incentive
Incentive to support general practices to provide their patients with appropriate access to after hours care.
Cervical Screening Incentive
The PIP Cervical Screening Incentive aims to encourage GPs to screen under-screened women, that is women aged at least 24 years and 9 months but less than 75 years who have not had a cervical smear in the last four years, for cervical cancer and to increase overall screening rates.
The PIP Diabetes Incentive aims to encourage GP's to provide earlier diagnosis and effective management of people with established diabetes mellitus.
The PIP eHealth Incentive aims to encourage practices to keep up to date with digital health and adopt new digital health technology as it becomes available.
General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive
The PIP General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive (ACAI) aims to encourage GP's to provide increased and continuing services in Australian Government funded residential aged care facilities (RACFs).
Procedural General Practitioner Payment
Procedural General Practitioner Payments are made to eligible practices in February and August each year.
PIP Indigenous Health Incentive
The PIP Indigenous Health Incentive aims to support general practices and Indigenous health services to provide better health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including best practice management of chronic disease.
Quality Prescribing Incentive (QPI)
The PIP QPI rewards participation by practices in a range of activities recognised or provided by the National Prescribing Service (NPS).
Rural Loading Incentive
The rural loading recognises the difficulties of providing care, often with little professional support, in rural and remote areas.
Payment to encourage general practices to provide teaching sessions to undergraduate and graduate medical students preparing to enter the Australian medical profession.
Practice payments for PIP
Most payments made through PIP are made to practices, and focus on aspects of general practice that contribute to quality care.
Payments under the PIP Quality Stream
The table explains the payments under the Practice Incentives Program Quality Stream.
Payments under the PIP Capacity stream
The table explains the payments under the Practice Incentives Program Capacity stream.
Payments under the PIP Rural support stream
The table below explains the payments under the Practice Incentives Program Rural support stream.
Calculating the SWPE value
The SWPE value of a practice is the sum of the fractions of care provided to practice patients, weighted for the age and of each patient.
Calculation of payments
PIP payments are generally based on a measure of the practice size, known as the Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) value.
Types of payments
There are 3 types of payments under PIP.
When PIP payments are made
To qualify for payments, practices must be participating in the PIP and meet the eligibility requirements of the incentives at a point in time date.
Lets participating practices manage their information and involvement in the PIP. Practices can access PIP Online through HPOS.
Practices use PIP Online to:
- view and update practice details
- get important program information
- apply for individual incentives
- confirm practice details for PIP annual confirmation statements, and
- add or change practitioners
Changes made in PIP Online are visible and effective immediately.
You can access PIP Online through HPOS using your PRODA account. You need to link your Registration Authority (RA) number from your PRODA account to your practice.
Linking your RA number to your practice profile
Link your PRODA account to your practice to access Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Online.
Read more about linking your RA number to your practice profile.
Participating in Health Care Homes
Practices participating in the Health Care Homes trial must already be in the Practice Incentive Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive.
Forms for PIP
Practice Incentives Program forms.
Practice Incentives Program statistics are available on the corporate site.
Incentives News Update
Incentives News Update (INU) keeps you up to date with the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP).