HELP Debt Reduction for Rural Doctors and Nurse Practitioners HELP debt reduction for rural doctors and nurse practitioners


Fact sheet – HELP for rural doctors and nurse practitioners

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Publication date: 
5 January 2022
Last updated: 
28 February 2022
Publication type: 
Fact sheet
Intended audience: 
Health sector

On 17 February 2022, the Government introduced the Education Legislation Amendment (2022 Measures No.1) Bill 2022 (the Bill) into the Australian parliament. The Bill amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

The legislative amendments are significant as they provide for the establishment of the new program. The changes also enable secondary legislation in the form of the HELP Debtor Guidelines for Health Practitioners (guidelines) that will articulate the detailed eligibility requirements and administrative arrangements for the program. The proposed guidelines will outline the obligations for participants to realise the benefits of the Program.