Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme 2015

The Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme is an Australian Government initiative designed to address doctor shortage outside metropolitan areas across Australia.

Page last updated: 24 May 2016

The Commonwealth Government has announced, as part of the 2015 Budget, that the Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme will be closed to new entrants.

Over 1,300 participants remain active in the Scheme which requires individuals to work in a regional, rural or remote area for up to 6 years once they qualify as a medical specialist or a general practitioner.

Medical students receiving MRBS scholarship payments will continue to receive them for the duration of their degree. All active participants will still be expected to fulfil their return of service obligation.

From the 2016 academic year, the one hundred MRBS medical places per year which were available for commencing medical students have been transferred for use in the Bonded Medical Places Scheme.

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The MRBS scheme provides one hundred Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) each year to first year Australian medical students at participating universities across the country. Students accepting the MRBS commit to working for six continuous years in a rural or remote area of Australia less any credit obtained through Scaling, after completing their medical training as a specialist. The Scholarship is worth over $26,310.00 a year and is currently tax free and indexed annually.

MRBS Student Information booklet 2015 - this information applies to current MRBS Scheme participants and participants from previous years who have signed a Deed of Variation accepting the new Scaling Initiative conditions.

Rural and Regional Health Australia
a quick reference to geographical information

Scaling - Questions and Answers

Draft Contract
The draft contracts page contains the most current draft contract.

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Important information for students born overseas, including New Zealand:

You need to be an Australian citizen, or have a permanent resident visa, to be eligible to receive the MRBS. For further information ring the following freecall phone number: 1800 248 720 (only valid in Australia)