HECS Reimbursement Scheme

The HECS Reimbursement Scheme aims to promote careers in rural medicine and increase the number of doctors in rural and regional Australia in the longer term.

Page last updated: 12 May 2015

Important Information

The HECS Reimbursement Scheme will cease on 30 June 2015. No further payments will be made for periods of service or training after this date, however you may be eligible for final payments up to 30 June 2015.

Claiming Final Payments

You can still apply to receive a payment if you have finished the initial 12 month period or a subsequent six month period of service or training in an eligible location on or before 30 June 2015.

You will need to apply using the relevant application form and submit your completed application (including all required supporting documentation as per the Scheme Guidelines) to the Department of Human Services (DHS) by 31 July 2015.

If you commenced a subsequent six month qualifying period of service or training in an eligible location prior to 2 June 2015 but will not have completed it by 30 June 2015, then you can also apply for a pro-rata subsequent payment. This payment will be available for eligible participants in the Scheme who have already been deemed eligible for a previous payment and meet the eligibility criteria.

You will need to apply using the pro-rata payment form (currently in development) and submit your completed application (including all required supporting documentation as per the Scheme Guidelines) to DHS by 31 July 2015.

More information

For more information about the cessation and final payment arrangements, please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions or call DHS on 1800 010 550 (call charges may apply).

The HECS Reimbursement Scheme reimburses standard HECS debts of medical students should they choose to train and work in rural and remote communities. Communities gain improved access to health services as more doctors move to work in these areas.

Under the Scheme, doctors are able to reduce the period for reimbursement of the cost of their medical studies from five years to two years, depending on the classification of their training or practice location according to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA).

Further Information

More information including guidelines is available on: Rural and Regional Health Australia (external) website or by contacting Medicare Australia on 1800 010 550.

Page last reviewed: 12 May 2015