Letter to Hon Sussan Ley, Health Minister regarding red tape in general practice


Date: 4 May 2015

The RACGP has identified over 200 one-off, periodic or ongoing, administrative requirements associated with the delivery of patient care.

These requirements are set by the Department of Health, Medicare Australia, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, the Australian Medical Board and other health service and workforce regulators.

There is a need to audit, rationalise, streamline and automate – to the greatest extent possible – the informational requirements of the various government and statutory authorities. Even in instances where red-tape is indispensable, the way compliance is met should be simplified and better integrated with general practice systems and processes.

As a priority the RACGP asks that the federal government reduce red-tape associated with:

  1. Authority requirements for medications
  2. Paperwork required for General Practice Management Plans and Team Care Arrangements
  3. Claiming Practice Incentive Program (PIP) teaching payments
  4. State and Territory red-tape requirements