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.
PIP payment types
There are 3 types of payments under the PIP. Practice payments, service incentive payments, and rural loading payments.
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.
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.
When we make PIP payments
To qualify for payments, practices must have submitted a completed application - including supporting documents -
How we make PIP payments
We calculate payments and pay them retrospectively each quarter.
To apply for the PIP your practice must be eligible. A practice owner can apply at any time, online or by form.
Eligibility for payments under the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) depends on practices meeting their obligations for the PIP.
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).
Withdrawing from the PIP
You can withdraw from the PIP at any time:
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.
Rights of review
The Practice Incentives Program has a review of decision process. This is separate from reviews relating to program audits.
The Department of Health (Health) conducts program audits to check practices are complying with the PIP eligibility requirements for payments.