Rural Incentives and Support

You may be eligible for the Registrar Rural Support Payment to assist you with undertaking your training in rural WA.

Rural Incentives and Support

Registrar Rural Support Payment

Eligible GP registrars who receive the rural support payment will:

  • receive a single support payment per semester
  • be responsible for managing their own travel, accommodation, relocation and other costs associated with undertaking general practice training.

The amount of the support payment is based on:

  • the Modified Monash Model classification for the town where you are undertaking the semester
  • your training term level
  • number of weeks training
  • part-time / full-time status.

It is your responsibility to secure accommodation for your training term. Some training facilities may have accommodation available to lease  to GP registrars. This should be discussed during your employment negotiations. Training facilities are not obliged to pay rent for GP registrars.

For further details, please refer to the Rural Support Payments Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.

If you are unsure if your circumstances entitle you to the Registrar Rural Support Payment, please discuss with your Program Training Advisor.

Government Incentives

General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP)

From 1 July 2015, the General Practice Rural Incentives Programme (GPRIP) moved to the Modified Monash Model (MMM) classification system, and introduce new eligibility criteria to more effectively target financial incentives to doctors working in areas that experience greater difficulty attracting and retaining general practitioners.

Visit the Department of Health website for more information.

Eligibility and start date

Q. How do I know if I’m eligible?
A. If you are undertaking placements in eligible training terms (GPT1/PRR1, GPT2/PRR2, GPT3/PRR3, extended skills/PRR4, mandatory elective and ARS/AST) in training locations MM3 or higher, you may be eligible for a support payment for each semester.

Q. Why is MMM classification two not eligible for any payment if it’s rural?
A. MMM classification two locations are generally within 20km road distance, of a town with a population >50,000. Support payments are intended to provide some financial assistance for GP registrars in more geographically remote locations.

Q. What happens if my placement changes mid semester - i.e. going on approved leave? Will I have to pay WAGPET back my payment?
A. Yes, all funds related to the portion of the placement not completed must be returned. WAGPET will issue an invoice to the registrar for the return of these funds. Returnable funds will be required to be returned to WAGPET within 30 days in accordance with WAGPET’s Accounts Receivable Policy.

Payments, tax, invoice and receipts

Q. When will I receive my support payment?
A. If you are eligible, you will be contacted by the Finance team to submit a tax invoice to WAGPET for the support payment in about week four of each semester.

Q. How do I receive my support payment?
A. If you are eligible, you are required to submit a tax invoice to WAGPET within 60 days of the notice of eligibility.

Q. Will the support payment be deposited into my account?
A. All support payments will be paid by electronic funds transfer; bank details (account name, BSB and account number) should be included on the invoice to WAGPET or GP registrars can provide a completed Direct Payment Authority form

Q. Where can I get a copy of the tax invoice?
A. If you do not have your own tax invoice, there is a generic template available on the WAGPET website. Claims received outside of 60 days will not be paid as per WAGPET's Accounts Payable Policy.

Q. Do I need to get an Australian Business Number ABN?
A. No. If you do not have an ABN, WAGPET will withhold 47% of the payment amount in accordance with Australian Taxation Office (ATO) requirements.  The amount withheld will then be paid to the ATO and WAGPET will provide you with an “ATO Payment Summary – Withholding where ABN not Quoted” for the taxation return.

Q. How are the payments calculated?
A. Payments are calculated based on Modified Monash Model which categorises metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to both geographical remoteness and town size. The system was developed to recognise the challenges in attracting health workers to more remote and smaller communities. It also takes into account the full-time equivalent weeks of training for the term – e.g. full-time will be twenty-six weeks, part-time will be less, split terms will be the number of weeks completed at each training level.

Q. Will I still need to provide a lease agreement or rental receipts if I’m using the support payment for rent or to travel to my placement?
 A. No, how you choose to use your Rural Support Payment is at your discretion.

What can the funds be used for?

Q. What should I use my support payments for?
A. Support payments should be used to assist with the costs associated with your general practice training such as, attending workshops/exams, relocation, emergency courses and FARGP enrolments. 

Q. Can the support payment be used to pay my mortgage?
A. Yes, use of the funds is entirely at your discretion, remembering that you are responsible for ensuring you attend all compulsory education events and meet all training requirements.

Part-time training and term levels

Q. Why is the support payment reduced in GPT3/PRRT3 and Extended Skills/PRRT4 terms?
A. Educational attendance requirements for GP registrars in these term levels is less than in the first twelve months of training. GP registrars will also have access to higher GPRIP payment rates if they have continued to train rurally.

Q. Will I receive a support payment if I am completing my training part time?
A. Yes, the support payment is calculated pro-rata based on part-time training as per the Training Time Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.