Workforce Incentive Program – Doctor Stream

This page provides information about the Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) – Doctor Stream and applies from 1 January 2020.

Page last updated: 28 July 2020

The WIP – Doctor Stream aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional, rural and remote communities and to promote careers in rural medicine through the provision of financial incentives. Maximum annual incentives available are listed in the table below by Modified Monash (MM) classification and Year level. Year level corresponds to the duration of active service taken to qualify for successive payments within the program which may not be in 12 month increments.

Location (MM) Year level 1 Year level 2 Year level 3 Year level 4 Year level 5+
MM 3 $0 $4,500 $7,500 $7,500 $12,000
MM 4 $0 $8,000 $13,000 $13,000 $18,000
MM 5 $0 $12,000 $17,000 $17,000 $23,000
MM 6 $16,000 $16,000 $25,000 $25,000 $35,000
MM 7 $25,000 $25,000 $35,000 $35,000 $60,000

Note: The MM 3 category also includes participants on approved pathways undertaking selected approved training in MM 1 and MM 2 locations.

See the WIP Guidelines for full details of the eligibility requirements. A quick overview for practitioners is available for download below.

There are two payment systems used for the WIP – Doctor Stream: the Central Payment System (CPS) and the Flexible Payment System (FPS).

Central Payment System

Medical practitioners who bill the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for eligible services receive automated payments made by the Services Australia through the CPS. Medical practitioners are not required to submit an application to access payments through the CPS, they are only required to provide bank details to Services Australia. After completion of the required number of active quarters for an initial payment, Services Australia will write to the medical practitioner advising that they are eligible for a payment. Medical practitioners must provide bank details within 60 calendar days of the date of that letter.

Flexible Payment System

Medical practitioners need to apply under the FPS if they provide eligible non-MBS services and/or undertake training (under approved training pathways) that is not reflected in MBS records. For more information about applying under the FPS, visit the Department's website.

Please note: The WIP may be subject to change by Government and it is the responsibility of eligible medical practitioners to ensure they are operating under the current version of the WIP Guidelines. Any claim for loss of payment or any other loss as a result of a medical practitioner failing to operate under the current version of the WIP Guidelines will not be considered.

Health Care Homes

From 1 October 2017, practice locations across Australia commenced participation in the Health Care Homes program.

See the WIP – Doctor Stream and Health Care Homes webpage for more information for medical practitioners participating in the Health Care Homes program in Modified Monash (MM) 3-7 locations.

WIP – Doctor Stream Information

WIP – Doctor Stream quick overview

WIP – Doctor Stream Contacts

For payment assessment and calculation enquiries please contact Services Australia on 1800 010 550.

For eligibility enquiries please contact WIP@health.gov.au.