Strengthening Medicare – General Practice Grants

The Australian Government is investing $220 million over 2 years through the Strengthening Medicare – GP Grants Program as part of a broader program to deliver better access and care for patients.

This grant opportunity is now closed.

For any enquiries please contact

In the Northern Territory, general practices can apply for a one-off grant of either $25,000 or $35,000 (based on practice size) to be used to make improvements to their operations.

These improvements will be achieved through innovation, training, equipment, and minor capital works to support patient care in the following ways:

  • Enhance digital health capability (IT hardware and software upgrades) to fast-track the benefits of a more connected healthcare system in readiness to meet future standards. For example, increasing uptake of contemporary digital health solutions including video telehealth, secure data storage and interoperable software that supports seamless and secure communication of patient data.
  • Upgrade infection prevention and control arrangements to ensure infectious respiratory disease (e.g., COVID, influenza) patients can be safely seen face to face. This may include increasing the general practices capacity to manage COVID-19 positive patients and other patients presenting with other respiratory illnesses.
  • Maintain and/or achieve accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practice under the General Practice Accreditation Scheme to promote quality and safety in general practice.

The Department of Health and Aged Care will set the national parameters for the Program, inclusive of the grant amount practices are eligible for, while the management and administration will be facilitated by NT PHN.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) will be provided Strengthening Medicare grants through the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). For queries for ACCHS, please contact  

More Information


The Australian Government is establishing a Strengthening Medicare Fund to deliver better access and care for patients, with a commitment of $750 million over the forward estimates ($250 million a year from 2023-24) to deliver:

  • Improved patient access to General Practice, including after-hours
  • Improved patient access to GP led multidisciplinary team care, including nursing and allied health
  • Greater patient affordability
  • Better management of complex and chronic conditions, and
  • Decreased pressure on Hospitals


The Fund will be delivered in line with recommendations from the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce. The taskforce builds on Australia’s Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan 2022-32.

Key Contacts

NT GP practice clinics should contact NT PHN about their Grant Application at

All ACCHS should contact NACCHO for more information, at