19AA & 19AB Exemptions COVID19 Extensions

19AA & 19AB Exemptions COVID19 Extensions

The Department of Health are granting 6 month extensions to Medical Practitioners who are currently working under a 19AB exemption, or 3GA program to meet their 19AA requirement if it is expiring after May 1 2020 for an ongoing period until COVID19 eases. 

The 19AB requirement to work in a DPA location for a period of 10 years remains, however those Doctors who already have exemptions which are expiring will be able to continue working in their current jobs. 

There is no requirement to make an application to the Department of Health. 

This includes 6 month locum exemptions.

New exemptions will still need to go through the usual process! 

The 19AA requirement for non-VR Medical Practitioners to work on an approved 3GA program to gain access to Medicare rebates also stays in place. If you’re currently working on a program that is due to expire after May 1 then you will automatically get an extension so you can continue working on your current program, in your current job. 

There is no requirement to make an application to the Department of Health. 

New program applications will still need to go through the usual process! 

There have also been changes made to the AMDS program requirements. You can read about these in the below link. 


Our team offer General Practitioners assistance with finding jobs and a career pathway, and Medical Facilities to find a new Medical Practitioner. We also help with the full application process with AHPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, Department of Health, Medicare including 19AA & 19AB. If we can help, please contact us at help@peoplemedical.com.au

People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.

We got our information from: 

19AB: https://www.health.gov.au/health-workforce/medicare-billing-restrictions/section-19ab/coronavirus-covid-19-extensions-for-section-19ab

19AA: https://www.health.gov.au/health-workforce/medicare-billing-restrictions/section-19aa/coronavirus-covid-19-extensions-for-section-19aa

Link to AMDS changes: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/6379A5A3DA0E7A5BCA257FFC0012A341/$File/AMDS%20COVID-19%20extensions.pdf 

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