Are there still exemptions from 19AB?

Are there still exemptions from 19AB?

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Are there still exemptions from 19AB?



What is 19AB?

19AB requires a General Practitioner to work in a Distribution Priority Area (DPA) for a period of 10 years. Formerly requiring General Practitioners to work in a “District of Workforce Shortage (DWS)” this changed to DPA on July 1 2019. 



Do the exemptions still exist? 

Yes – There are exemptions available in certain circumstances to allow a General Practitioner to work in a Non-DPA location. 



What are the exemptions? 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Services Exemption
  • Academic Exemption
  • Spousal Exemption
  • Replacement Exemption
  • Locum
  • After Hours



How do I apply?

You’ll need to include documents such as your AHPRA registration, proof of residency (visa or citizenship certificate) and a letter of support from your employer explaining the situation. You can include this in your usual Medicare application. 




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    



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.

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