Five Year Overseas Trained Doctors Scheme

The Five Year Overseas Trained Doctors Scheme improves access to doctors in rural and remote areas. It increases the supply of doctors to work in these areas where their services are needed the most.

About the initiative

The scheme offers incentives to Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) and foreign graduates of an accredited medical school who are subject to the section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act) to work in areas of greatest need including:

Why it is important

OTDs play an important role in helping to meet the healthcare needs of Australians, especially in rural and remote areas.

The program’s goals are to:

  • increase the supply of appropriately qualified OTDs in rural and remote Australia
  • enhance the professional development, skills and knowledge of OTDs in Australia
  • maintain the number of general practitioners in rural and remote communities.

Meeting our goals

The scheme provides incentives to OTDs to work in locations that:

  • are in an area classified as rural or remote
  • are considered a DPA or a DWS.

To be eligible for the scheme, OTDs must:

Who we work with

Rural Workforce Agencies manage the scheme.


If you are an overseas trained doctor interested in participating in the scheme, contact the relevant RWA for more information.

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