The Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP)

The Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) was introduced in 2012 and provides incentive payments to practices to support an expanded and enhanced role for nurses working in general practice.

Page last updated: 04 April 2019

Note: From 1 January 2020, the PNIP will transition to the Workforce Incentive Program – Practice Stream.

The PNIP provides support to eligible general practices, Aboriginal Medical Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to offset the cost of employing a practice nurse, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Health Practitioner. Eligible practices in urban areas of workforce shortage, Aboriginal Medical Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services may also receive support to employ an allied health professional.

The PNIP provides incentive payments to eligible practices that includes:

  • an incentive payment to engage eligible health professionals up to $125,000 per annum depending on practice size.
  • a loading for Aboriginal Medical Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services;
  • a rural loading based on Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA);
  • a one off accreditation assistance payment of $5,000 to support eligible non-accredited practices to become accredited. This accreditation assistance payment will no longer apply when the PNIP transitions to the Workforce Incentive Program; and
  • a loading for practices that provide GP services to Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card Holders.

The PNIP is administered by the Department of Human Services on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Further information on the PNIP including details on practice eligibility, how to apply, calculation of payments and the Program Guidelines are available on the Department of Human Services (DHS) website.