The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme supports the consistent assessment of Australian general practices against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practice.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), in collaboration with the RACGP, developed the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme, which commenced on 1 January 2017.
The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme:
The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme is aligned to the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme. The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme includes:
An Advisory is a formal communication from the Commission to accrediting agencies to provide guidance and direction on the interpretation and/or assessment of the RACGP Standards for general practices. Advisories are numbered and dated before distribution.
The advisories are routinely reviewed to ensure they remain current. All the advisories have been updated following the latest review.
Under the scheme, general practices accessing the Department of Health’s Practice Incentives Program (PIP) or the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) must be assessed by an approved accrediting agency. Accreditation continues to be voluntary for general practices.
In 2016, the Commission ran an approvals process for accrediting agencies wishing to assess general practices. A list of approved accrediting agencies and their contact details can be found:
Information about the approvals process can be found:
General Practice accreditation – Accrediting agencies assessing general practices
Last updated: 20 August 2017