General Practice Accreditation Scheme

The scheme was developed by the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) to assist general practices to meet standards of safety and quality as outlined in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practices, as published from time to time by the RACGP. Certification enables general practices to participate in the DoH Practice Incentives Program (PIP).

Note: references to general practice ‘accreditation’ and ‘accrediting agencies’ are references to the responsibilities of a CAB seeking to gain or maintain JAS-ANZ accreditation for this scheme.

Applicant CABs will need to comply with relevant requirements in DoH’s Guidance for Accrediting Agencies Seeking Approval to Accredit Australian General Practices and JAS-ANZ Procedure 16 General requirements for bodies operating assessment and accreditation of general practices for recognition under the practice incentives program (PIP).

Note: Procedure 16 is currently being revised, and when published will also require applicants to comply with Health Care Services Management System (HCSMS) Scheme Part 1 – Common requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of health care service management systems. See separate information page for HCSMS Scheme Part 1.

As a management systems scheme, applicants also need to comply with ISO/IEC 17021:2011 – Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.


  • Demonstrates that a general practice complies with standards for safety and quality of care.

Scheme owner

Department of Health.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.