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Workforce Incentives Program (WIP) - Doctor Stream

Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: $3,600 to $60,000 per year Run By: Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

The WIP Doctor Stream makes direct payments to doctors who deliver eligible services in eligible locations.

The WIP Doctor Stream aims to encourage doctors to practise in regional rural and remote communities. It also promotes careers in rural medicine by providing financial incentives. For doctors to receive incentive payments, they must provide eligible services in eligible locations. We determine the locations using the Modified Monash Model (MM 2019) geographical classification system.

You can receive incentive payments of between $3,600 and $60,000 per year, depending on activity levels, location,  how long a doctor has been part of the program and, from 1 January 2024, a doctor’s vocational registration status.

It uses 2 systems to assess and pay these financial incentives:

Some doctors may provide services under both payment systems.

Payments are based on:

  • activity levels within eligible locations
  • how long a doctor has been part of the program and, from 1 January 2024
  • a doctor’s vocational registration status (starting from 1 January 2024).

The WIP Doctor Stream replaced the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) in early 2020.

Last Updated: 28th of February 2024
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