Provider Numbers, 3GA programs and Medicare Rebates


Frequently asked questions


No, unless exceptional circumstances apply or you provide after-hours medical deputising services.

The Practice Experience Program (PEP) can be undertaken in MMM 1 locations if you have an ongoing provider number issued by another 3GA (workforce) program. We recommend that you  retain your current provider number until we can organise an RACGP Fellowship Program provider number for you.


Applications for an Approved Placement – RACGP Fellowship Program (Practice Experience Program) provider number are available for those that meet the following requirements:

  • An approved PEP practice position accepted by RACGP medical educators (adequate scope of practice and meeting minimum part-time requirements for weekly hours)
  • If applicable, the practice location meets the participant’s obligations under section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973

If you’re subject to section 19AB, you’ll need to ensure that your practice location is in a Distribution Priority Area (DPA) in order to be eligible for a Medicare provider number.

You can’t move to another practice and maintain your PEP provider number unless the destination practice is in a DPA.


The MMM is a new classification system that better categorises metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to both geographic remoteness and town size. The system was developed to recognise the challenges in attracting health workers to more remote and smaller communities. You can find the classification of your location by using the MMM locator.


If you’re not eligible for an extension under your current program, you can contact PEPApprovedPlacement@racgp.org.au for further information after reviewing the following:

  • ‘Change in practice location’ request application (if you want to change practices)
  • RACGP Fellowship Program placement guidelines


If you are participating on the Practice Experience Program (PEP) at an AMDS location, the Department of Health will issue a s19AB(3) exemption. This is limited to your participation on the PEP at the requested location, in the after-hours period only.

The 19AB guidelines define after-hours as after 6.00 pm and before 8.00 am on weekdays, from 12.00 pm onwards on Saturday, and all day Sunday and all public holidays.

A note to those participants who are practicing at an Approved Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) location to please review the AMDS guidelines for full details on the implications of working in AMDS, and the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy when applying for a GPE assessment to find out how your time in the AMDS location will be calculated towards comprehensive general practice.


This letter is issued directly from Services Australia or Medicare and outlines your specific provider number, address, exemption/s, and placement start and end date.


You must submit directly to the RACGP. Medicare is not able to process provider number application forms.


These can take up to 12 weeks to be processed by the RACGP, the Department of Health and Medicare.

You can contact PEPApprovedPlacement@racgp.org.au if you have any questions.


These can take up to 12 weeks to be processed by the RACGP, the Department of Health and Medicare.

You can contact PEPApprovedPlacement@racgp.org.au if you have any questions.


Two provider numbers for regular practices and three for branch practices.


It’s expected that all PEP participants will hold an RACGP Fellowship Program provider number while participating in the program.


International medical graduates (IMGs) who are subject to section 19AB will need to ensure their practice location is in a Distribution Priority Area (DPA) in order to be eligible for a Medicare provider number.

You can’t move to another practice and maintain your PEP provider number if your destination practice is not in a DPA.


We’re always here to help, so you can email pepadmin@racgp.org.au if these FAQs have not answered your question/s.

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