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Are you a GP who risks losing access to higher rebates on 16 June 2021?

March 09, 2021

Legislation was passed on 16 June 2020 to simplify recognition of General Practitioners (GPs) as specialists, streamlining access to higher Medicare rebates for patients. Under the new arrangements, GPs’ access to Medicare is determined by their continued registration status (Registration as a Specialist GP) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).

Medical practitioners who are awarded Fellowship as a GP no longer need to make an application to Services Australia to access Medicare Rebates. The new process allows Services Australia to use the Ahpra register of medical practitioners to determine access to GP rebates through an automatic data feed.

GPs who may be affected by the changes

If you have gained fellowship with either RACGP or the ACRRM and are not currently registered as a specialist with Ahpra, you will need to apply to update your registration status.

If you are unsure of your registration status, you can check using Ahpra’s public register.

If you have previously been listed on the Vocational Register and wish to be re-instated on the Vocational Register and recognised as a GP by Medicare, you will need to complete an Application for Vocational Registration for General Practitioner form and submit it to Services Australia.

Medical practitioners who need to gain specialist registration with the MBA, or regain access to the vocation register, will need to do so prior to 15 June 2021.

It is recommended that you submit your applications before Thursday, 15 April 2021 to ensure sufficient time for processing of requests.


Visit the Department of Health website for more information