If I’m on RLRP or SAPP & it is closing- how will this affect me?

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If I’m on RLRP or SAPP & it is closing- how will this affect me?  

The Short Answer

It won’t.


The Department of Health announced it would be closing the Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP) and Special Approved Placement Program at some stage in the future (no date has yet been confirmed).


UPDATE: RLRP closed as of the 31st May for new applicants and existing applicants can still apply for new locations.


General Practitioners who are currently working on RLRP or SAPP will continue to have access for the length of their placement. Once your placement has ended, you’ll need to apply for one of the other programs.



What other programs are there?

The remaining programs will include:

  • ACRRM Independent Pathway
  • Australian General Practice Training (AGPT)
  • After Hours Medical Deputising (AMDS)
  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)
  • More Doctors for Rural Australia (MDRAP)
  • Practice Experience Program (PEP)


Each has their own eligibility criteria. For more information on the 3GA programs, take a look here: https://peoplemedical.com.au/19aa-the-3ga-programs-2019-update/



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 [email protected].  



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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