Practice Incentives Program guidelines

Encourages general practices to continue providing quality care, enhancing capacity, and improving access and health outcomes for patients.


Eligibility for the PIP

To be eligible for the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) your practice must meet certain criteria.

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PIP payment types

There are 3 types of payments under the PIP. Practice payments, service incentive payments, and rural loading payments.

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How we calculate PIP payments

We base most payments on a measure of the practice size known as the Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) value.

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Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent

The Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) value of a practice is the sum of the fractions of care provided to practice patients. This is weighted for the age and gender of each patient.

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When we make PIP payments

To qualify for payments, practices must have submitted a completed application - including supporting documents -

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How we make PIP payments

We calculate payments and pay them retrospectively each quarter.

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To apply for the PIP your practice must be eligible. A practice owner can apply at any time, online or by form.

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Your obligations

Eligibility for payments under the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) depends on practices meeting their obligations for the PIP.

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How to tell us about changes

The easiest way to tell us about any changes to practice arrangements is online through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

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Withdrawing from the PIP

You can withdraw from the PIP at any time:

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Privacy and consent

Your personal information is protected by law (including the Privacy Act 1988) and is collected by the Department of Human Services for the purposes of the PIP.

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Rights of review

The Practice Incentives Program has a review of decision process. This is separate from reviews relating to program audits.

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The Department of Health (Health) conducts program audits to check practices are complying with the PIP eligibility requirements for payments.

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PIP definitions

Some terms used in the Practice Incentives Program have specific meanings.

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These guidelines are for information purposes and provide the basis upon which PIP payments are made.

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Page last updated: 11 January 2019