Rural Procedural Grants Program

The Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) commenced in 2004. It supports procedural GPs in rural and remote areas to attend relevant continuing professional development (CPD) activities, focused on both skills maintenance and upskilling.

Page last updated: 22 December 2020

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government, in collaboration with the GP Colleges, has temporarily revised the arrangements for the RPGP to support rural GPs while social distancing and movement restrictions are in place.

Until 30 June 2021, certain CPD activities delivered online will be eligible for RPGP support.

An Addendum to the current guidelines provides further information about the temporary arrangements.

Addendum - Rural Procedural Grants Program (PDF 213 KB)
Addendum - Rural Procedural Grants Program (Word 24 KB)

Support is provided in the form of grant payments which are designed to assist with the cost of attending CPD activities, including course costs, locum relief and travel expenses. Grants are calculated on the number of days of training.

The Program has two components. It provides support for:

  1. procedural GPs practising in surgery, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics in localities designated as
    MM 3 – 7 under the Modified Monash Model; and
  2. GPs practising emergency medicine in MM 3 – 7 locations.

GPs providing services in rural and remote areas but residing primarily in urban areas (e.g. locums, RFDS doctors) may be eligible for the Program.

Changes to eligibility requirements for the RPGP commence on 1 January 2021. From this date, a GP wishing to claim under the RPGP must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold vocational recognition as a general practitioner (VR GP) or be enrolled in a Fellowship pathway with either ACRRM or RACGP;
  • Principal clinical practice is physically located in a MM 3 – 7 region;
  • Hold unsupervised clinical privileges in an eligible discipline (surgery, anaesthetics, emergency medicine and/or obstetrics) at a hospital located in MM 3 – 7; and
  • Participate in a regular roster or general on-call roster.

Further information on reforms to the RPGP can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document:

Frequently Asked Questions – Rural Procedural Grants Program (PDF 320 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions – Rural Procedural Grants Program (Word 28 KB)

The Rural Procedural Grants Program is jointly administered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners on behalf of the Department.

Program Contact Details

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
GPO Box 2507
BRISBANE QLD 4001
Phone: 1800 223 226

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
National Rural Faculty
15 Gover Street
NORTH ADELAIDE SA 5006
Phone: 1800 636 764

Further information is available from the Rural Procedural Grants Program Guidelines.

Rural Procedural Grants Program Guidelines (PDF 566 KB)
Rural Procedural Grants Program Guidelines (Word 78 KB)