Health Workforce Locator

Use our workforce locator map to check the geographical classification of any location in Australia. The map can tell you if a location is classified as metropolitan, rural or remote and if it has been identified as an area of workforce shortage.

About the Health Workforce Locator

The locator shows the health workforce classification and geographical information of any area. 

You can see the workforce classifications:

The DPA and DWS were updated on 2 December 2023. The Health Locator reflects these changes.

Using the locator

Enter an address in the form to find information on the area, including its classification and available incentives for the health workforce.

You can also go to the map and search for a location to see its classifications.

DPA status updates

Medical practices can request a review of the DPA status of their GP catchment if exceptional circumstances are affecting access to services.

The Distribution Working Group (DWG) considers these requests and the Minister for Health and Aged Care decides the outcome

DPA status granted because of a review will remain in place until the annual DPA update each year.

See outcome summaries of DPA reviews

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