Medicare Australia Statistics

Approved Practices in the Quarterly Calculations by RRMA Category

It is extremely important to read all caveats prior to interpreting statistical reports otherwise incorrect conclusions could be made.

All Divisions of General Practice (999)

  Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) category
Capital City
Other Metropolitan Large Rural
Small Rural
Other Rural
Remote Centre
Other Remote
Calculation 2,831 383 308 357 682 55 110 *

* indicates a figure suppressed for confidentiality reasons or the category is not applicable

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About the Practice Incentives Program (PIP)

Definition of Divisions of General Practice

  • For the purposes of these reports, a Division of General Practice is a geographic area covering postcodes, and in some cases parts of postcodes, allocated by the DoHA.
  • More than one division may operate within some postcodes.
  • The Divisions of General Practice are defined by the DoHA. More information is available on the DoHA web site.

Definition of the Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas Classification (RRMA)

  • The rurality of each practice is determined using the Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas Classification, 1991 Census Edition (Department of Primary Industries and Energy & Department of Human Services and Health, November, 1994)
  • Further information on RRMA is available at RRMA Classification System.

Allocation of PIP Data to Time Periods

  • The data relates to approved PIP practices.
  • The payment for QPI is made annually, in the May quarterly calculation.
  • All payments are calculated in February, May, August and November only, ie. in the first month of the payment quarter.
  • PIP quarterly payment calculations refer to February, May, August and November reference periods.
  • The PIP reference period relates to a twelve-month reference period that ends four months prior to the start of the payment quarter. For example, payments received in the May quarter of 2002 were calculated using the practice size data from the year ending 31 December 2001.

Allocation of Practices to Divisions of General Practice

  • Not all practices are registered with the PIP program.
  • When completing the PIP application forms, practices are asked to advise Medicare Australia of their division.
  • Branch practices are counted as one practice for PIP purposes.
  • If a practice fails to advise Medicare Australia of their division, then a formula (provided by DoHA) based on postcode of the principal practice location is used to assign that practice to a division. If divisions share a postcode then the practices are allocated to each division based on the DoHA formula. For example if a postcode includes two divisions then using the formula 70% of practices (in this example) belong to one division and 30% to the other. This assignment remains for subsequent calculations.
  • Practices can advise Medicare Australia if the allocation is incorrect, and this can be corrected by Medicare Australia.


The information and data contained in the reports and tables have been provided by Medicare Australia for general information purposes only. While Medicare Australia takes care in the compilation and provision of the information and data, it does not assume or accept any liability for the accuracy, quality, suitability and currency of the information or data, or for any reliance on the information or data. Medicare Australia recommends that users exercise their own care, skill and diligence with respect to the use and interpretation of the information and data.

Last updated: 30 August 2013

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