Rural Locum Education Assistance Program
The Rural Locum Education Assistance Program (Rural LEAP) provides financial assistance to eligible urban general practitioners (GPs) who complete emergency medicine training and commit to a total of four weeks (20 working days) general practice locum placement in a rural or remote area within a two year period. A rural or remote area is defined in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification—Remoteness Area (ASGC–RA) 2-5 locator
This is a one off incentive which gives participants financial assistance up to a total of $6,000 to undertake emergency medicine training.
Administration is jointly managed by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The ACRRM and RACGP assess GP eligibility and training.
The Department of Human Services (Human Services) maintains a register of eligible GPs and makes payments to GPs when they’ve completed their first 10 working days of the locum commitment. Human Services also tracks the two year period for participants to undertake their locum commitment.
Urban GPs must apply to either the ACRRM or the RACGP. Due to the limited number of places in the Rural LEAP, both colleges will assess applications based on when they’re received.
Human Services makes payments after the ACRRM or RACGP has confirmed the initial 10 working days of locum commitment has been completed. Payments are made directly to a GP’s nominated bank account and a statement is issued.
To update your bank details, contact your registering college or complete and return the relevant form below.
- ACRRM – Rural Procedural Grants Program Bank Account Details
- RACGP - Bank Account Details for the Rural Procedural Grants Program
- ACRRM website
- RACGP website
- Rural Locum Education Assistance Program—Rural and Regional Health Australia website
- 1800 010 550*.
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Last updated: 1 November, 2013