Workforce Incentive Program

What is the Workforce Incentive Program?

It is an initiative created by the Australian government with the goal of strengthening the access to medical services in rural and remote areas of Australia. The program provides financial benefits to help general practices and medical services, so that they can further encourage medical practitioners to work in the locations needed.

What are the incentive streams?

There are 3 Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) streams, specifically:

  • WIP – Practice Stream, which offers financial incentives to practices and help them with the cost of employing nurses, allied health professionals, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners.
  • WIP – Doctor Stream, which gives financial incentives to medical practitioners working in eligible rural and remote areas
    • Please note that starting from 1 January 2024, Non-VR doctors, who are not on any approved training program and who are working in a MMM3-7 location, will obtain 80% of the value of WIP – Doctor Stream payments.
    • For eligible Non-VR doctors, here is a summary of the financial incentives:

    • For eligible VR doctors, here is a summary of the financial incentives:

  • WIP – Rural Advanced Skills Stream, which provides financial incentives to doctors to use additional advanced skills and serve emergency and primary care in rural areas.

Note: The information presented above has been gathered from the Department of Health and Aged Care website and has been updated as of 2023-10-16.

We Can Help You

Here at People Medical Consulting, we have a passion for guiding medical practitioners through their career pathways to Australia. We have extensive experience in assisting medical facilities in recruiting doctors from local and overseas who will best suit their requirements.

We provide Document Assistance for those requiring support for their PESCI with IME, ACRRM or RACGP, registration and all other mandatory AHPRA requirements, fellowship program related forms and letters, application for Medicare provider and prescriber numbers, application for 19AB or 19AA exemptions and preparation of employment documents.

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