Specialist (non-GP) Vocational Training (2004-2015 participants only)

BMP Scheme participants are able to reduce their Return of Service Period (RoSP) through pre-vocational and vocational training placements.

Page last updated: 07 December 2016

Your obligation to complete the RoSP does not commence until you have attained fellowship of a medical college (which has been approved by the Medical Board of Australia). Should you wish to complete up to half the RoSP during eligible pre-vocational (resident) or vocational (registrar) training then these placements will need to meet the minimum requirements as set out in your Deed of Agreement. Training undertaken in the intern year cannot be used to reduce your RoSP.

Participants are to refer to their individual Deed of Agreement/Variation to determine the definition of a DWS.

The BMP Scheme uses the Doctor Connect website to determine if a location is likely to be eligible.

Please Note: The Dr Connect Website is updated annually in February/March and locations that are currently Districts of Workforce Shortage may be subject to change.

For Participants who signed a 2004-2009 Deed of Agreement and who have signed a Scaling Deed of Variation or those who signed a 2010-2015 Deed of Agreement the following applies:

To search the Doctor Connect website, you are required to type the employers name or alternatively the full physical address to determine if a location is an eligible location and then select the Metropolitan Layer. If the location is classified as an ‘Outer’ or ‘Non’ Metropolitan location, it is likely to be an eligible location for you to reduce your RoSP.

Specialists can also work in an Inner Metropolitan location if the location is classified as a DWS for their specialty. If the location is classified as ‘Inner’ Metropolitan, you will need to select the specialist DWS Layer on the Doctor Connect website to determine if the location is classified as a DWS for your specialty.

If your specialty is not listed on the specialist DWS layer of the Doctor Connect website, please email the BMP team at bmpscheme@health.gov.au, with the employers name and the full physical address, including postcode and the name of your specialty. The BMP team will advise if the location is considered to be a DWS for your specialty.

For Participants who signed a 2004-2009 Deed of Agreement and DID NOT sign a Scaling Deed of Variation the following applies:

To search the Doctor Connect website, you are required to type the employer's name or full physical address to determine if a location is an eligible location and then select the ASGC Remoteness Areas (2006) Layer. If the location is classified as a RRMA 2-7, it is likely to be an eligible location for you to reduce your RoSP.

Specialists can also work in an RRMA1 location if the location is classified as a DWS for their specialty. If the location is classified as RRMA1, you will need to select the specialist DWS Layer on the Doctor Connect website to determine if the location is classified as a DWS for your specialty.

If your specialty is not listed on the specialist DWS layer of the Doctor Connect website, please email the BMP team at bmpscheme@health.gov.au, with the employers name and the full physical address, including postcode and the name of your specialty. The BMP team will advise if the location is considered to be a DWS for your specialty.

To apply for eligible vocational training:

Participants wanting to claim eligible training towards reducing the RoSP MUST apply to the Department prior to the commencement of the placement to confirm eligibility. Please complete an application form. Please remember to submit evidence with your application, this may be in the form of a signed letter/contract on letterhead from your employer confirming the:

  • Start and end date of your placement
  • Number of hours per week
  • Location
  • Position title

NB* All letters must be signed by the employer and contracts must be signed by both parties.

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