General practice grants and commissioning 

General practice grants and commissioning 

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Last updated 24 June 2024

Access to additional funding is available for general practice.

This includes access to grants and commissioning opportunities through your state and territory government, the Federal Department of Health and Aged Care, as well as your primary health network.

New South Wales



South Australia

Western Australia


Northern Territory

Australian Capital Territory

All current grant opportunities by the Department of Health and Aged Care are listed on GrantConnect.

The Department released a factsheet to provide guidance on recent changes to strengthen investment and evidence in grant programs. The changes require stakeholders of new and existing grants to undertake data collection, analysis and evaluation activities.

Further information on grant opportunities and the application process are available on the Department of Health Aged Care’s website.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is a $20 billion long-term investment by the Federal Government to support Australian health and Medical Research. As an ongoing research fund, the MRFF aims to transform health and medical research.   

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is the main statutory body of the Federal Government responsible for medical research. The NHMRC facilitates networking in the research community bringing academics and industry together.

Other government grant opportunities are listed on GrantConnect. The website also lists potential and upcoming grant opportunities.

The RACGP offers research grants, awards, scholarships and access to various projects which underpin the profession's commitment to continuous improvement.

Rural Procedural Grants Program

The Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) helps cover the cost of professional development for GPs who provide procedural and/or emergency services in unsupervised settings in rural and remote areas.

RACGP Foundation Grants

The RACGP Foundation provides over $700,000 in grants and awards each year to support GP-led research projects into various aspects of practice and patient care, including chronic disease and injury management, Indigenous health, digital and innovation, and clinical guidelines.

Education research grants  

The Education Research Grant Program (ERG) aims to continue building research capacity in medical education and training for general practice with a specific focus on education improvement.

The process of applying for a grant or a commissioning opportunity will vary as key selection criteria will differ. 

Below is a list of useful links to guidance and information on how to prepare a grant application.

The Grants Hub – Grant resources
Community Grants Hub – What makes a good grant application? – Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant  

In addition to grants and commissioning opportunities, GPs and practice owners can access alternative funding sources.

More information is available through the Alternative funding sources for general practice page.