Reducing your 10 Year Moratorium

Reducing your 10 Year Moratorium 


The 10 year moratorium or the 19AB restriction to work in a DPA (DWS for Specialists) requires anyone who completed their degree outside of Australia or New Zealand or who enrolled in their degree whilst they were a temporary resident to work in an identified area referred to as a DPA for 10 years. 

There are two ways to reduce this- 



This method is straight forward- the more rurally you work, the quicker your moratorium will reduce. 

This works on the ‘RA’ model rather than the newer MMM. 

Working in an RA 5 location will reduce your moratorium by attributing an additional 30.4 days for each month that you work. This means that if you work in an RA 5 for 5 years, then for each month you work an additional month is calculated meaning 5 years will be exempt from working in a DPA. 

Or, to put it simply, if you work in an RA 5 for 5 years, then you will be exempt from the following 5 years of your moratorium. 

Each RA gives you a similar year, based on the number. An RA 4 will remove 4 years from your moratorium. An RA 3 will remove 3 years from your moratorium. 

Moving in between RAs will change the time you’re given towards your scaling. 

Here is a graph showing the moratorium scaling, that is accessible on the Department of Health Website. 

You can check your moratorium and scaling credits via HPOS/PRODA. 

To be eligible, you’ll need to have a rebatable provider number, and be billing over $5000/month. 


The 5 year Overseas Trained Doctors Scheme

This is an initiative that is administered by the Rural Workforce Agencies in each state. 

You will reduce your moratorium to between 3 – 5 years based on what category you’re eligible for. 

  • Category A is for RA 5 locations, and will reduce your moratorium to 3 years. 
  • Category B is for practices who are in an RA 4, or who can demonstrate that they have had a high turnover of GPs or have had a vacancy for a considerable period of time. Other factors taken into consideration is whether they have less than 3 Doctors in the community, difficult community attributes or extreme climates. This will reduce your moratorium to 5 years, 
  • Category C is within locations which are RRMA 4 – 7 and can demonstrate difficulty with recruiting. This will reduce your moratorium to 5 years. 

To be eligible, you’ll need to be working at least 7 sessions per week, be eligible to sit Fellowship within 2 years of commencing on the program and identify that you’re intending to become a resident of Australia. 

Be aware though, that working on this scheme will make you ineligible for the scaling credits which means you do one or the other. If you start the OTD 5 year scheme, prepare to be there for the entire time required! 



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