The Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) provides targeted financial incentives to encourage doctors to deliver services in rural and remote areas. The WIP also provides financial incentives to support general practices to engage the services of nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and Health Workers, and eligible allied health professionals.
From early 2020, general practices and doctors participating in the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) and the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) automatically transitioned to the WIP.
The WIP aims to strengthen team-based and multi-disciplinary models of care enabling collaborative arrangements to be put in place that will better support community needs. There are two streams under the WIP, the WIP - Doctor Stream and the WIP - Practice Stream. The WIP-Doctor Stream provides targeted financial incentives to encourage doctors to deliver eligible primary health care services in regional, rural or remote areas that have difficulty attracting and retaining doctors. The WIP-Practice Stream provides incentives to support all eligible general practices to engage the services of nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners and a range of allied health professionals.
The WIP Guidelines set out how the program operates including eligibility, how to apply and how payments are calculated.