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Specifications as amended, taking into account amendments up to Human Services (Medicare) (Medicare Programs) Amendment Specification 2023
This instrument specifies an additional program as a medicare program and removes two programs that are no longer required to be classified as medicare programs. This instrument repeals and replaces the Human Services (Medicare) (Medicare Programs) Specification 2019.
Administered by: Social Services
Registered 08 Sep 2023
Start Date 04 May 2023
End Date 28 Sep 2023

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Human Services (Medicare) (Medicare Programs) Specification 2021

made under paragraph 41G(b) of the

Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973

Compilation No. 1

Compilation date:                              4 May 2023

Includes amendments up to:            F2023L00522

Registered:                                         8 September 2023

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Human Services (Medicare) (Medicare Programs) Specification 2021 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 4 May 2023 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.


If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.




1              Name of specification

                This specification is the Human Services (Medicare) (Medicare Programs) Specification 2021.

4              Medicare programs

                For paragraph 41G(b) of the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973, the services, benefits, programs and facilities specified in Schedule 1 are medicare programs.

Note   Other medicare programs are specified in paragraph 41G(a) of the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973.

Schedule 1        Medicare programs

(section 4)



Service, benefit, program or facility


Rural Other Medical Practitioners Program


MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners Program


After Hours Other Medical Practitioners Program


Temporary Resident Other Medical Practitioners Program


Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners Program


Life Saving Drugs Program


Premium Free Dispensing Incentive


Prescription Shopping Program


Inborn Errors of Metabolism Program


Australian Organ Donor Register


Practice Incentives Program


Aged Care Education and Training Incentive Program


Medical Indemnity Program


Midwife Professional Indemnity Scheme


Radiation Oncology Registration Program


 Hearing Services Program


Disaster Health Care Assistance Scheme


Australian Health Survey


Continence Aids Payment Scheme


External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program


Stoma Appliance Scheme


Cleft Lip and Cleft Lip Palate Scheme


Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Claim and Prior Approval Processing


Claims processing and payment under Chapter 6 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004


Lifetime Health Cover Mailout


Aged Care Gateway


Australian Immunisation Register


Workforce Incentive Program – Doctor Stream


Workforce Incentive Program – Practice Stream


Thalidomide Survivors Support Program


Australian General Practice Training Program



Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe how an amendment is to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, then the misdescribed amendment can be incorporated through an editorial change made under section 15V of the Legislation Act 2003.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the amendment is not incorporated and “(md not incorp)” is added to the amendment history.


Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s) /sub‑subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have effect

renum = renumbered

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given effect

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not commenced or to be commenced

No. = Number(s)


Endnote 3—Legislation history





Application, saving and transitional provisions

Human Services (Medicare) (Medicare Programs) Specification 2021

20 Aug 2021 (F2021L01153)

21 Aug 2021 (s 2)


Human Services (Medicare) (Medicare Programs) Amendment Specification 2023

3 May 2023 (F2023L00522)

4 May 2023 (s 2)


Endnote 4—Amendment history


Provision affected

How affected

s 2.............................................

rep LA s 48D

s 3.............................................

rep LA s 48C

Schedule 1


Schedule 1................................

am F2023L00522