QUESTION OF THE WEEK…
How Do I Apply for the Workforce Incentive Program?
At the start of 2020, the Australian government introduced the ‘Workforce Incentive Program’, created to provide incentives for General Practitioners to work in MMM 3 – 7 areas.
The way the program works, the more rurally you work and the longer you stay, the more of a financial incentive (read: money) you receive.
So how do you apply?
If you bill the MBS, you don’t! When a medical practitioner bills a minimum of $6,000 per quarter for a required amount of quarters, Human Services will write to the practitioner advising of the payment and requesting bank details. For MMM 3 and 4 locations, they will need to bill for 2 years. For MMM 5-7, they will need to bill 6,000 per quarter for only one. Medical practitioners must provide bank details within 60 calendar days of the date of this letter, otherwise the payment will lapse and they will not be eligible to receive that payment.
If you do not bill Medicare, you will have to apply directly to the Rural Workforce Agency in the state or the Northern Territory in which they provided the majority of services.
How Can We Help?
Our team offer General Practitioners assistance with finding jobs and a career pathway, and Medical Facilities to find a new Medical Practitioner. We also help with the full application process with AHPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, Department of Health, Medicare including 19AA & 19AB. If we can help, please contact us at [email protected].
People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners, and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.