More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP)

This program has closed to new applicants. The program provided support and training towards joining a college fellowship for doctors who are temporary or permanent residents of Australia and not vocationally recognised.

MDRAP transition to the Pre-Fellowship Program in 2023–24

In the 2023-24 Budget the Australian Government decided to replace the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) with the Pre-Fellowship Program (PFP).

The PFP will also support doctors working in areas of service access need who are seeking to move into fellowship training. Rural Workforce Agencies will deliver this trial from 2 April 2024. For more information, see the PFP program page.

MDRAP is no longer accepting applications. 

If you are currently working under MDRAP arrangements, you will not be affected by the introduction of the PFP.

About the program

MDRAP allows doctors with placements working in rural areas to access Medicare items from group A7 of the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

As a 3GA approved workforce program, doctors on this program satisfy section 19AA of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

For more detailed information refer to the MDRAP guidelines.

MDRAP is closed to new applicants.

Why it is important

Doctors who are Australian residents must become vocationally recognised. This ensures the quality of our health care system.

Doctors on this program get support and training towards joining a general practice (GP) college fellowship program to become vocationally recognised.


The program's goals are to:

  • increase the number of vocationally recognised doctors
  • improve access to health care for Australians living in rural and regional areas under the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

Meeting our goals

If you participate in this program, you must show you are working towards fellowship. You must:

If you have less than 6 months general practice experience, you will be supervised. Read more about supervision requirements in the MDRAP guidelines.

You must also work in an area that is classified as:

Search the Health Workforce Locator to find eligible locations.

Who we work with

Rural Workforce Agencies administer the MDRAP on our behalf. Rural Workforce Agencies operate in each state and the Northern Territory.


MDRAP is closed to new applicants.


Contact the Rural Workforce Agency in your state for more information on the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program.

Rural Workforce Agencies Network

The Rural Workforce Agencies Network is made up by Rural Workforce Agencies in every Australian state and the Northern Territory.
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