Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme 2015 and Previously

The Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme is intended to provide more doctors for areas experiencing doctor shortages.

Page last updated: 15 November 2016

This information regarding the BMP Scheme is for participants who joined the scheme in 2015 or earlier.

Bonded Medical Places - Information Booklet (2015)

Bonded Medical Places - Sample Deed of Agreement (2015)

Bonded Medical Places - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Rural Classification, including Districts of Workforce Shortage and the Modified Monash Model

Scaling - Questions and Answers

Return of Service Obligation

Recovery of Course-Funding Amount

Contact the Department

Important Information

Prohibition on rendering professional services outside a location not classified as District of Workforce Shortage or a Modified Monash Model 4-7 area during the Return of Service Period

The Government has recently approved a policy change regarding the way the prohibition on rendering professional services outside a location not classified as District of Workforce Shortage or a Modified Monash Model 4-7 area during the Return of Service Period is administered.

Applications to provide professional services outside of a the above areas while simultaneously undertaking the Return of Service Period may now be considered where a participant is applying for such approval:

  1. for the purposes of education or skill development; or
  2. where exceptional circumstances apply;

particularly where the application is consistent with the objectives of the Bonded Medical Places Scheme.

If you have applied for permission to provide professional services outside of a District of Workforce Shortage or a Modified Monash Model 4-7 area during your Return of Service Period, and have had your request declined, you may now wish to reapply so that your application may be reconsidered. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, consistently with the policy outlined above.

After Hours Only Medical Services

Your Deed of Agreement may define a District of Workforce Shortage as including After Hours Only Medical Services. However, the definition of After Hours Only Medical Services in your Deed may specify hours of operation for After Hours Only Medical Services which do not match the hours of operation of such a service in which you may be intending to work during your Return of Service Period. If that is the case, please contact the Department at BMPScheme@health.gov.au and ask whether the After Hours Only Medical Service which you intend to work may be eligible even though its hours of operation are different to those defined in your Deed. If the Department agrees that the service may be eligible, a Deed of Variation to your Deed (to change the defined hours of After Hours Only Medical Services) may be able to be completed to permit you to work there.

2016 and later

For all information regarding the BMP Scheme for participants who joined in 2016 or later.