Rural Locum Relief Program

The RLRP allows medical practitioners, in rural and remote areas who are subject to Section 19AA of the Act and who meet eligibility criteria of the program, to have temporary access to Medicare rebates when providing short term services through approved placements.

The objectives of the RLRP are to:

  • Attract suitably qualified and experienced medical practitioners to work in general practice in rural and remote Australia; and
  • Provide a means by which medical practitioners restricted by Section 19AA of the Act can access Medicare benefits for general practice services provided as part of, and in accordance with, an approved placement under Section 3GA of the Act.


Applicants eligible for the RLRP fall into two broad categories:

  • Category 1 applicants: Australian and New Zealand graduates, Australian Citizens and Permanent Resident Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) who are subject to Section 19AA of the Act only
  • Category 2 applicants: Australian Citizens, Permanent Resident OTDs and foreign graduates of an accredited medical school who are subject to both Sections 19AA and 19AB of the Act (also known as the ten-year moratorium).

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Rural Locum Relief Program – Applicant Guidelines

For more information on the Rural Locum Relief Program please view the Department of Health RLRP Program Guidelines, as well as the location eligibility via Doctor Connect.

For additional information please  CONTACT US or phone us on 0420 752 665.