Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) – Practice Stream

Provides incentives to general practices who employ nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and practitioners, and allied health professionals.

About the program

The Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) – Practice Stream began on 1 February 2020 as part of the 2018/2019 Stronger Rural Health Strategy. It aims to build a sustainable and high quality health workforce, particularly in rural and remote areas, by better targeting incentives.

The WIP – Practice Stream includes:

  • quarterly incentive payments to engage eligible health professionals
  • a rural loading of up to 50%
  • an annual loading for practices providing general practitioner services to Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Gold Card holders.

The amount a practice gets depends on the:

  • practice size
  • type of eligible health professionals
  • average hours eligible health professionals work each week
  • type of practice and its location.

We administer the WIP – Practice Stream on behalf of the Department of Health.

Find out more about the WIP – Practice Stream, including guidelines and eligibility on the Department of Health website, or contact us.

Guidelines

The guidelines set out how the WIP - Practice Stream operates including:

  • accreditation requirements
  • eligibility requirements
  • eligible health professionals
  • ineligible services and activities
  • practice obligations
  • payments
  • calculating payments.

The guidelines are located on the Department of Health website.

Applying

To apply for the WIP – Practice Stream, you need a Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account to access Health Professional Online Services (HPOS). If you don’t have one, register for a PRODA account and link your HPOS service.

Read more about applying for the WIP – Practice Stream through HPOS.

If you can’t apply through HPOS, complete the Practice Incentives Application form (IP001) and fax it to us. Remember to include your supporting documents.

Managing your practice details online

The WIP – Practice Stream Online allows practices to apply and update information online using HPOS.

You can:

  • Apply for the WIP – Practice Stream
  • Action Quarterly Confirmation Statements
  • Update practice details
  • Advise of changes to practice arrangements
  • Get notifications.

To access the WIP – Practice Stream Online, you need your RA number linked to your practice's HPOS profile.

If you are an owner or primary authorised contact person, you can access payment advices and statements through HPOS messages - organisation(s) mailbox. To do this, you must update your PIP and/or WIP – Practice Stream online subscriptions to ‘Access Online’.

Read more about managing WIP – Practice Stream through HPOS and Using the HPOS Messages.

Benefits of linking your PIP and WIP – Practice Stream

If your practice also participates in the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) you can become a PIP consenting practice.

This means your practice ID numbers will be identical and you’ll only need to make updates to your PIP profile. You won’t need to make the same updates to your WIP – Practice Stream profile.

Read more about linking your PIP and WIP Practice Stream practice details.

Forms

Incentives News Update

The Incentives News Update (INU) keeps you up to date with the PIP and the WIP – Practice Stream.

Stay up to date and get the latest information about our payments and services by subscribing to the News for Health Professionals.

Related information and services

Page last updated: 7 April 2020