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: 31 October 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 RJDTIF is part of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) for Medicine measure announced by the Australian Government on 15 December 2015. The RJDTIF aims to work with regional training hubs to improve rural medical training and increase positive rural training experiences.


Up to $18.6 million is available to support rural primary care placements for interns under the second round of the RJDTIF.

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 during the primary care rotation;
  • administration and education support and education materials linked to training in the primary care setting;
  • reasonable travel and accommodation;
  • minor contributions to furnishing an office for the intern at the rotation location, where necessary; and
  • minor training related infrastructure for the primary care setting.

Funds will not be paid for:

  • any activity which does not support the grant program objectives;
  • intern salaries in a hospital (except in some very limited circumstances);
  • placements in Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) and beyond;
  • training in primary care settings in cities (ASGS-RA 1);
  • capital works or infrastructure projects;
  • commercial clinical room hiring costs; and
  • activities that duplicate existing funded 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 the GrantConnect website.

PDF version: Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund Grant Guidelines (PDF 253 KB)
Word version: Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund Grant Guidelines (Word 121 KB)

Applications are now open for eligible organisations interested in lodging a submission for funding under the second grant round of the RJDTIF.

Information regarding this grant is available on the GrantConnect website If you have trouble with this link, you can find the information directly at

Applications close at 2.00pm (AEDT) Thursday, 14 December 2017.

Information on successful activities funded under round one of this program will be updated after all contracts are entered into.

The Integrated Rural Training Pipeline

The Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) for Medicine 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:

  • Building on the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program, 26 Regional Training Hubs announced by the Government on 13 April 2017 are being established across rural Australia. These Regional Training Hubs will be based at existing Rural Clinical School and University Departments of Rural Health and will consist of a team of people that are dedicated to integrating medical training opportunities for students within their catchment area. The hub team, made up of both academic and administrative staff will support the coordination of rural training opportunities for doctors at all stages of their medical training, building regional training capacity through providing support for local medical practitioners to become supervisors and assist health services to accredit new training posts.
  • 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.