Does working in an AON or DWS satisfy 19aa?

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Does working in an AON or DWS satisfy 19aa?  

The Short Answer

No. It does not.


19aa restricts GPs who are PR or Citizens of Australia and who have not completed their fellowship to working on an approved 3ga program until they have achieved fellowship, if they wish to claim medicare benefits.



What is AON & DWS then?

Area of Need (AON) is only relevant to Limited AHPRA Application AANG-30 and several other Specialist applications. It doesn’t affect any area of Medicare legislation.  


District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) is relevant to a different area of Medicare legislation referred to as 19ab. If you completed your degree outside of Australia or New Zealand then you are required to work in a DWS for 10 years. This does not change to getting permanent residency or citizenship of Australia, and it does not change if you get fellowship.



How Can We Help?

Our team help General Practitioners both with finding jobs and helping with the full applications process including finding the best pathway to fellowship for you and your life goals. 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.


Please Note this article is an opinion piece based on experience, rather than with written evidence to cite. If you have any additional information to add, or disagree with the article then please contact our team directly at

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