Guidelines

There are also eligibility criteria for individual incentives you may apply for – please read the relevant guidelines below.

Practice Incentives Program

Encourages general practices to continue providing quality care, enhancing capacity, and improving access and health outcomes for patients. Read the Practice Incentives Program guidelines, effective from September 2019.

After Hours Incentive

Supports practices to provide after hours care. Read the After Hours Incentive guidelines, effective November 2016.

eHealth Incentive

Encourages practices to keep up to date with digital health and adopt new digital health technology. Read the eHealth Incentive guidelines, effective May 2016.

Information about how to comply with the eHealth Incentive is available on the My Health Record Website.

Practices participating in the Health Care Homes trial must be in eHealth.

General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive

Encourages GPs to provide increased and continuing services in Australian Government funded residential aged care facilities. Read the General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive guidelines, effective August 2019.

Indigenous Health Incentive

Supports practices and Indigenous health services to provide better health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including best practice management of chronic disease. Read the Indigenous Health Incentive guidelines, effective from April 2019

Procedural General Practitioner Payment

Encourages GPs in rural and remote areas to maintain local access to surgical, anaesthetic and obstetric services. The payment is made in February and August each year. Read the Procedural General Practitioner Payment guidelines, effective June 2017.

Quality Improvement Incentive

The Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive is a payment to general practices that participate in quality improvement activities to improve patient outcomes and deliver best practice care.

You can get more information about the PIP Quality Improvement Incentive, including the Guidelines, the PIP Eligible Data Set Data Governance Framework, and the 10 Improvement Measures on the Department of Health website.

How to apply for the Quality Improvement Incentive

Participating practices that access PIP through PRODA can follow these steps to apply for the QI Incentive:

  • Log on to PRODA
  • Log on to HPOS(select HPOS from your linked services)
  • Select My Programs
  • Go to the PIP tile
    • If you don’t have the PIP tile, but your practice owner or authorised contact does, they can link your PRODA Registration Authority (RA) number to PIP
    • Or, you may call the Practice Incentives Program on 1800 222 032 so we can link your RA number to your PIP practice profile
  • Select the Update button
  • If you have multiple practices displaying, select the relevant practice
  • If a PIP - information screen appears, then select the Exit button at the bottom of the screen
  • Look for the Main menu (top-left hand side of screen), and select Incentive summary
  • In the Quality Stream section > Quality Improvement Incentive, select the Apply link
  • Read the terms and conditions
  • Select the Participation Payment option
  • Select Submit.

If you’re a general practice that already participates in PIP, but you don’t have a PRODA account, you must follow the below steps to apply for the QI Incentive:

  • Register for a PRODA account
  • You’ll get an email containing your PRODA Registration Authority (RA) number
  • Call the Practice Incentives Program on 1800 222 032 so we can link your RA number to your PIP practice profile
  • Log on to PRODA
  • Log on to HPOS (select HPOS from your linked services)
    • You may need to select the HPOS tile to link this to your service, if you didn’t select HPOS at the time of registering for PRODA
  • Select My Programs
  • Go to the PIP tile
  • Select the Update button
  • If a PIP - information screen appears, then select the Exit button at the bottom of the screen
  • Look for the Main menu (top-left hand side of screen), and select Incentive summary
  • In the Quality Stream section > Quality Improvement Incentive, select the Apply link
  • Read the terms and conditions
  • Select the Participation Payment option
  • Select Submit.

If you’re not a general practice that already participates in PIP, or you need assistance with the above registration, call the Practice Incentives Program.

For more information on how to participate in the PIP QI Incentive contact your local PHN. You can find your local PHN on the Department of Health website.

I’ve got questions about the Practice Incentives Program Quality Improvement Incentive, who do I ask?

Lots of questions about Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI) are answered here PIP QI FAQ.

Your local PHN can also answer questions about PIP QI such as:

  • Guidelines
  • PIP Eligible Data Set
  • The ten Improvement Measures
  • Data Governance Framework
  • Quality improvement activities
  • Your eligibility for a PIP QI payment.

We can also answer questions about PIP QI such as:

  • Applying for the PIP and the PIP QI
  • Registering on HPOS
  • PIP practice identifier
  • Linking your HPOS account to your practice profile to enable you to manage your practice details online
  • How payments are calculated and the Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) value
  • Practice obligations and the Annual Confirmation Statement
  • Review of decisions about your status or PIP payment

Rural Loading Incentive

Recognises the difficulties of providing care, often with little professional support, in rural and remote areas. Read the Rural Loading Incentive guidelines,effective from November 2013.

Teaching Payment

Encourages practices to provide teaching sessions to undergraduate and graduate medical students preparing to enter the Australian medical profession. Read the Teaching Payment guidelines, effective from August 2018.

Page last updated: 30 October 2019