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Workforce Incentive Program

Workforce Incentive Program

Workforce Incentive Program

What is WIP - Doctor Stream 

The Workforce Incentive Program - Doctor Stream (WIP-DS) provides financial incentives to medical practitioners providing eligible non-Medicare services and/or undertaking training (under approved training pathways) that is not reflected in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) records in regional, rural and remote locations. Incentives are tiered, based on remoteness and increase the longer a medical practitioner works in regional, rural and remote locations. 

The WIP – Doctor Stream uses two systems to assess and pay financial incentives for medical practitioners providing eligible services in eligible locations. The Central Payment System (CPS) is for medical practitioners who bill the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for eligible services. The Flexible Payment System (FPS) is for medical practitioners that provide eligible services and/or undertake training that is not reflected in the MBS. Some practitioners may provide services under both payment systems.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the WIP-DS medical practitioners must:

  • provide eligible primary care services and/or undertake GP Registrar training placements under an approved training pathway in regional, rural and remote locations (Modified Monash [MM] categories 3-7) within Australia;
  • have an eligible current Medicare provider number; and
  • have provided current bank details to the Department of Human Services specifically for the WIP-DS.

For more information on the program please read the guidelines https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/B9983F50BC3E2C92CA2583840079BB9E/$File/WIP%20Guidelines.pdf or contact RWAV on 039349 7800.

Alternative Employment not covered under the Central Payment System (CPS)

Below are the forms of employment that are eligible for assessment under the Flexible Payment System (FPS).

See the WIP-DS Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

Medical practitioners working in detention centres, defence facilities and Antarctica are not eligible for the WIP-DS. Junior doctors completing their compulsory hospital year (RACGP) or core clinical training year (ACRRM) cannot claim the WIP-DS.

Alternative Employment Top-Up

If the medical practitioner fits into one of the Alternative Employment provisions but provides a mix of MBS billed and non-billed services and has billed enough to trigger a Central Payment System automatic payment across the relevant period, the medical practitioner can apply through the FPS to see if they are eligible for an ‘Alternative Employment Top-Up’.

See the WIP-DS Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

Special Top-Up Provision

Medical practitioners working in remote and very remote communities can apply for a Special Top-Up payment under the circumstances covered in the Special Top-Up Provisions table.

Incentives

Higher incentives are available for medical practitioners who work in remote locations for extended periods. The following table outlines the maximum annual payments available to medical practitioners across each MM at each Year Level. 

Actual payments may be lower as they are dependent on the level of eligible activity performed by the medical practitioner (see "Other requirements" below for further information).

Flexible Payments System

The FPS only applies to medical practitioners (including GP Registrars) who are not billing the Medicare Benefits Schedule for ALL of their eligible non-Medicare primary care services or training placement. This is particularly relevant to medical practitioners working in Aboriginal Medical Services, providing primary care services in the hospital system and GP Registrars. 

The FPS component of WIP-DS is administered by RWAV. (For CPS enquiries please contact the Department)

Other requirements

Medical practitioners can access WIP-DS payments based on the volume of work they have undertaken in rural and remote locations. 

Medical practitioners receiving incentives through the WIP-DS are considered ‘active’ if they provide at least 21 eligible primary care sessions* over a 13-week period (being a quarter). You can only claim two sessions per day irrespective of the number of hours you may actually work that day.

*a primary care WIP-DS session must be longer than three hours.

Incentives paid through the WIP-DS FPS are not automated. Medical practitioners are required to complete the 
WIP - Doctor Stream Application Form and submit to RWAV – rwav@rwav.com.au.

Example: level of activity required under the FPS