PIP QI Incentive guidance

The Australian Government’s Practice Incentives Program (PIP) aims to support general practice. The PIP Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive guidance outlines the components a general practice needs to meet to qualify for a PIP QI Incentive payment.

Page last updated: 23 December 2020

NOTE: Practices have raised questions about the following acknowledgement on the Exemption Application form:

“I acknowledge that I am fully responsible for developing the Solution, including for any cost, time, resources or liability arising from it and that my local PHN is not required to contribute financially to developing or maintaining the Solution.”

The Department offers the following clarifying statement for interpretation of this acknowledgement:

  • It is acknowledged that in most cases, practices seeking exemptions will not be developing their own alternative solution in-house for supplying the PIP QI data. Rather, they will be relying on software companies to work with the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to develop alternative solutions. The Department is actively working with the software industry and PHNs to support the development of such solutions.
  • Where a practice is relying on these alternative solutions being developed, the expectation is that practices will need to pay the relevant licence fee, if there is one, for use of the alternative solution when it is developed.

The PIP Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive starts on 1 August 2019.

It’s a payment to general practices that participate in quality improvement activities to improve patient outcomes and deliver best practice care.

There are two components a general practice needs to meet to qualify for a PIP QI Incentive payment:

  1. Participate in Continuous Quality Improvement

The PIP QI Incentive rewards practices for participating in continuous quality improvement activities in partnership with their local Primary Health Network (PHN). Practices may focus their quality improvement activities on specified Improvement Measures. There are no set targets for the Improvement Measures. Alternatively, practices can choose to focus their activities on other areas. These areas must be informed by their clinical information system data and meet the needs of their practice population.

  1. Provide the PIP Eligible Data Set to your local PHN

The PIP Eligible Data Set is the data collected against specified Improvement Measures.

General practices must submit to their local PHN on a quarterly basis the PIP Eligible Data Set from their general practice clinical information system. PHNs will use the de-identified data to provide feedback to general practices. This will help the practices identify key priority areas and quality improvement activities.

To understand the PIP QI requirements and PIP data governance arrangements, please refer to the following documents:


Fact Sheet and Q&As

User Guides

Data Governance and Privacy

Technical Specifications

Note: to request a copy of the PIP Eligible Data Set Sample JSON File please contact: PracticeSupport@health.gov.au