In the early 1990s, government and professional organisations proposed that an independent and voluntary system of practice accreditation be established to promote quality care in general practices. In response, the RACGP undertook the development of the Standards for general practices, against which practices would be assessed for accreditation.
Accreditation is required for the Australian Government Practice Incentives Program (PIP). Payments made to practices through the program are in addition to other income earned by the general practitioners and the practice, such as patient payments and Medicare rebates. Further details on the PIP are available on the Medicare website.