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Rural Locum Relief Program

The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) is a new 3GA program that enables doctors who are non-vocationally registered to work in rural regions and access Medicare. MDRAP will commence on 29 April 2019.

How does the MDRAP affect my existing RLRP placement?

The Department of Health has advised that there is no requirement for doctors on existing programs including the Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP) to move to MDRAP and they may continue on their respective programs until the end of the placement.

The 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.

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