Bonded Medical Program Resources

From 1 January 2020, the reformed Bonded Medical Program (the Program) came into effect. A number of useful resources are available to assist students and bonded doctors interested in the Program.

Page last updated: 25 August 2021

The Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme and the Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme (MRBS) are closed to new participants.

The Bonded Medical Program New Arrangement came into effect from 1 January 2020. Information is available online.


Bonded Medical Program – update August 2021

Bonded Medical Program – update July 2021

Bonded Medical Program – update June 2021

Bonded Medical Program – update May 2021

Bonded Medical Program – update April 2021

Fact Sheets

For further information on the new arrangements, please see the fact sheets relevant to you:
I am a:Fact Sheet
New applicant looking for information on the Bonded Medical Program (commencing Medical School from 2020)
Current MRBS participant
Current BMP participant
Staff member of a participating university

Available fact sheets:

Obligations Fact Sheet for Bonded Medical Places Scheme Participants
Obligations Fact Sheet for MRBS Scheme Participants

Bonded Return of Service System (PDF 141 KB)
Bonded Return of Service System (Word 137 KB)

More information regarding existing schemes can be found here:

Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme
Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme

Contact details for further information:

Contact the Department of Health
Telephone: 1800 987 104 (Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm AEST)
Email: using the subject ‘[Scheme/Program] – [Name] – [Request]’ to help us respond quickly.

Useful links:

Part VD of the Health Insurance Act 1973
Health Insurance (Bonded Medical Program) Rule 2020[
Privacy Act 1988
Modified Monash Model
Distribution Priority Areas for General Practitioners
Districts of Workforce Shortage for Specialists
Rural Workforce Agencies
Australian Medical Association
Australian Medical Students’ Association
National Rural Health Student Network