Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund

The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF) will foster the development of rural primary care rotations for rurally based first year interns, building on existing state and territory rural junior doctor networks. Support will be provided for around 240 accredited intern rotations into primary care settings each year, or at least 60 full-time equivalent (FTE) places.

Page last updated: 15 March 2017

Interns are typically based at hospitals for the majority of their rotations. Exposing interns to rural General Practice, Aboriginal Medical Services or other primary care rotations will make it more likely they will practice in these locations after becoming more qualified.

The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund is one of three new initiatives established through the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline measure.


Up to $10 million per academic year has been allocated to support rural primary care placements for interns.

Funds from the program can be used towards:

  • intern salary, whilst the junior doctor is working in the primary care setting;
  • clinical supervision and support costs for the primary care setting;
  • administration and education support and education materials linked to training in the primary care setting;
  • reasonable travel and accommodation; and
  • minor training related infrastructure for the primary care setting.

Funds will not be paid for:

  • any activity which does not support the program objectives;
  • intern salaries in a hospital (except in some very limited circumstances);
  • placements in Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) and later;
  • training in primary care settings in cities (RA 1);
  • major capital works or infrastructure projects; and
  • activities that duplicate existing funded training activities.

Program Guidelines

Potential applicants should be aware the information in this page does not replace or override the information available during funding rounds. Funding rounds are advertised on GrantConnect.

PDF version: Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund Grant Guidelines (PDF 317 KB)
Word version: Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund Grant Guidelines (Word 594 KB)

Applications are closed. Information on successful activities funded under this program will be updated after contracts are entered into.

The Integrated Rural Training Pipeline

The Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP)measure will help to retain medical graduates in rural areas by better coordinating the different stages of training within regions and funding new places to help meet student demand. Through this approach, more health practitioners will be able to complete the different stages of their medical training, from student to specialist, in rural areas. The Government will implement three components to support the rural pipeline:

  • To build training capacity across the different levels of medical training, up to 30 new regional training hubs will be set up across rural Australia to work with local health services to help stream students through the pipeline. These hubs will be designed to enable students to continue rural training past university into postgraduate medical training. Funding of over $14 million per year will be allocated to participating universities the result of the competitive funding process is expected this year. 
  • A targeted expansion to the highly successful Specialist Training Program will provide up to 100 new training places in rural areas – 50 in 2017 and another 50 in 2018, at a cost of over $16 million per year by 2018-19.  This will enable the Specialist Training Program to provide 1,000 ongoing places by 2018.
  • The RJDTIF was also announced as part of the IRTP and will work in conjunction with the above measures, particularly the regional training hubs.