- Where are the eligible locations?
- What is the Modified Monash Model?
- How are the categories different to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA)?
- How can I get the geographical classification of my location reconsidered?
- What are the incentive payment rates?
- What are the changes to the FPS from 1 July 2017?
- How does leave or inactivity effect my eligibility and payment ?
- How is my activity captured under the CPS?
- Do I need to lodge my bank account details again?
- What is Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS)?
- What if I have further questions?
1. Where are the eligible locations?
Eligible locations are those locations in Australia within categories 3-7 of the Modified Monash Model (MMM). Eligible services are based on the practice or outreach location, regardless of medical practitioner or patient address. Check the Modified Monash (MM) category of a location by entering the physical address into the interactive map locator available on the Doctor Connect website.
See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for full details of the eligibility requirements.
2. What is the Modified Monash Model?
The MMM is a classification system that categorises metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to both geographical remoteness and population size. The system was developed to recognise the challenges in attracting health workers to more remote and smaller communities.
3. How are the categories different to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA)?
The ASGC-RA is now outdated, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has replaced it with the Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) which uses the latest residential population data from the 2011 Census to determine the five remoteness categories. The MMM uses the ASGS-RA as a base and then further differentiates areas in Inner and Outer Regional Australia based on local town size to arrive at the seven MM categories.
A table identifying the new MMM classification can be found below.
Modified Monash Category
|All areas categorised ASGS-RA1.|
|Areas categorised ASGS-RA 2 and ASGS-RA 3 that are in, or within 20km road distance, of a town with population >50,000.|
|Areas categorised ASGS-RA 2 and ASGS-RA 3 that are not in MM 2 and are in, or within 15km road distance, of a town with population between 15,000 and 50,000.|
|Areas categorised ASGS-RA 2 and ASGS-RA 3 that are not in MM 2 or MM 3, and are in, or within 10km road distance, of a town with population between 5,000 and 15,000.|
|All other areas in ASGS-RA 2 and 3.|
|All areas categorised ASGS-RA 4 that are not on a populated island that is separated from the mainland in the ABS geography and is more than 5km offshore.|
|All other areas – that being ASGS-RA 5 and areas on a populated island that is separated from the mainland in the ABS geography and is more than 5km offshore.|
4. How can I get the geographical classification of my location reconsidered?
The Government established a Distribution Working Group (DWG) to review the use of the District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) and other geographical classification systems and make recommendations for improvement, this includes a review of the implementation and design of the MMM. The MMM will be updated in late 2018, after the Australian Bureau of Statistics updates its remoteness classifications. The DWG has met quarterly since its inception and will conclude in late 2018. The recommendations proposed by the DWG to the Government will inform future rural distribution policy.
Enquiries regarding the DWS and MMM classification systems can be emailed to Rural.Distribution@health.gov.au.
5. What are the incentive payment rates?
The following table outlines payment amounts for each location and year level:
|Location (MM)||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5|
The MM3 category also includes GP Registrars on approved pathways undertaking selected approved training in MM1 and MM2 locations.
6. What are the changes to the FPS from 1 July 2017?
Changes to How Activity is Counted
From 1 July 2017, the way medical practitioners record their activity under the Alternative Employment Provisions of the FPS has changed.
From 1 July 2017, in order to apply for payments under the Alternative Employment provisions, medical practitioners must still fall under one of the existing Alternative Employment categories outlined in the GPRIP Program Guidelines. Medical Practitioners must apply through the FPS for all time spent providing GPRIP eligible services, regardless of whether the services were Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) billed. Time spent providing eligible services will be quantified in 3hr+ GPRIP sessions on a FPS Application Form.
See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for full details of the eligibility requirements.
7. How does leave or inactivity affect my eligibility and payments?
Section 3.2.2, 3.2.3 and 3.2.5 of the GPRIP Program Guidelines refers to the activity required in order to access a payment. A continuing GPRIP participant, as well as new participants to the program practising predominantly in MM 6-7 locations must achieve four active quarters within an eight quarter period to be eligible for a payment. By extension, this means that once a continuing GPRIP participant is inactive for five quarters within any eight quarter period, they are no longer eligible for a payment for any active quarters prior to reaching their fifth inactive quarter.
Under the previous GPRIP program arrangements prior to 1 July 2015, a period of five inactive quarters within any eight quarter period would also cause a participant’s accrued payment ‘Year Level’ status to reset to 0. From 1 July 2015, under Section 3.2.5 of the GPRIP Program Guidelines, a medical practitioner can be inactive for a period of up to five years for any reason without loss of their accrued Year Level status but will not receive the GPRIP payments for any period of leave. Note that this does not mean that they can receive payment upon return for any active quarters worked prior to their fifth inactive quarter.
Activity (or inactivity) prior to 30 June 2015 will not be considered.
8. How is my activity captured under the CPS?
Quarterly assessments of eligible Medicare services for the GPRIP are calculated at the end of each quarter. GPRIP payments are based on the eligible services that have been processed by the Department of Human Services (Human Services). This may be different to when the eligible services were rendered. Eligible Medicare services that are processed after this time will have these eligible services attributed to the relevant quarter in which they are processed.
9. Do I need to lodge my bank account details again?
If you have already lodged your bank account details with Human Services for the GPRIP, you do not need to lodge your bank account details again.
If you have not lodged your bank account details with Human Services for the GPRIP or your bank details have changed, you must lodge your bank account details to receive payments. You can access the GPRIP bank account details form on the Human Services website.
Medical practitioners will have their payment eligibility automatically assessed each quarter. When enough active quarters have been achieved and a medical practitioner becomes eligible for a new payment, Human Services will automatically determine a payment amount and deposit the amount into the medical practitioner’s nominated bank account. If the medical practitioner has not nominated a bank account, Human Services will write to the medical practitioner requesting bank details be provided.
10. What is Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS)
HPOS is a fast and secure way for health professionals and administrators to do business online with Human Services. It offers health professionals a single entry point to perform a range of business and administrative tasks including submitting claims online, managing medical practitioner details, retrieving statements and reports and authorising and managing delegations.
For the GPRIP, medical practitioners will be able to view their service history (active & inactive quarters), payment statements, update bank details, and receive notifications for their mail services by selecting the Rural Incentive Program tile. Any updates made online in HPOS will be visible and take effect immediately.
Medical Practitioners will need to use their Provider Digital Access Account (PRODA) to access HPOS. PRODA is a secure online verification system that uses a username, password and verification code to login. It is a portable solution that requires no additional hardware or software and is available to anyone. If medical practitioners do not already have a PRODA account, one can be created at humanservices.gov.au/proda.
To access HPOS, visit humanservices.gov.au/hpos.
11. What if I have further questions?
For Payment Assessment and Calculation Enquiries contact Human Services on 1800 010 550.
For Eligibility Enquiries contact the Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.