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Rural Locum Relief Program

If you are a permanent resident, or about to apply for permanent residency, and will require a placement on the RLRP, please call our Medical Workforce Services Manager Jason Ahmad on 8234 8277 to talk about great positions and packages.

The Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP) allows eligible medical practitioners affected by the provider number restrictions under Section 19AA of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act), to claim Medicare benefits for medical services in rural and remote Australia.

The RLRP is administered by the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency in South Australia.

Medical practitioners need to apply for placement on the RLRP. Results of either an RACGP General Practice experience assessment or an ACRRM RPL assessment must be submitted with the application.

The RDWA RLRP Panel assesses all applications for placement on the RLRP. The Panel meets monthly. Applicants may be required to participate in a Panel interview.

Medical practitioners eligible to apply for RLRP are:

  1. Australian Graduates, Australian Citizens and Permanent Resident Overseas Trained Doctors and New Zealand Graduates who are subject to section 19AA of the Act only; and
  2. Australian Citizens, Permanent Resident Overseas Trained Doctors and foreign graduates of an accredited medical school who are subject to both section 19AA and 19AB of the Act.

See the Department of Health RLRP Guidelines.

For an application form, or any questions, please contact us.


P: +61 8 8234 8277
E: RLRP@ruraldoc.com.au