Rural Procedural Grants Program

The Rural Procedural Grants Program commenced in 2004, it supports procedural GPs in rural and remote areas to attend relevant training, which is focused on both skills maintenance and upskilling.

Page last updated: 29 May 2020

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government, in collaboration with the GP Colleges, has temporarily revised the RPGP eligibility arrangements to support rural GPs during the period of social distancing and movement restrictions. These arrangements will provide additional flexibility so that rural procedural GPs can continue to access support for undertaking CPD activities during this period.

Until 31 December 2020, certain CPD activities delivered online will be eligible for RPGP support. In addition, from 1 July 2020, additional grant support will be available for GPs practising emergency medicine to undertake emergency mental health CPD under reforms to the program.

An Addendum to the current guidelines has been developed as well as some Frequently Asked Questions. For further information regarding the revised eligibility criteria:

Addendum - Rural Procedural Grants Program (PDF 230 KB)
Addendum - Rural Procedural Grants Program (Word 40 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions for participants of the Rural Procedural Grants Program during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF 404 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions for participants of the Rural Procedural Grants Program during the COVID-19 pandemic (Word 49 KB)


Support is provided in the form of grant payments which are designed to assist with the cost of attending training, including course costs, locum relief and travel expenses. Grants are calculated on the number of days of training.

The Program has two components. It provides support for:
  1. procedural GPs practising in surgery, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) 1*-5 localities; and
  2. GPs practising emergency medicine in ASGC-RA 2-5 localities.
GPs providing services in rural and remote areas but residing primarily in urban areas (eg locums, RFDS doctors) may be eligible for the Program.

Note:

*Procedural GPs in ASGC-RA 1 localities are subject to specific eligibility criteria.

The Rural Procedural Grants Program is jointly administered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners on behalf of the Department.

Program Contact Details

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
GPO Box 2507
BRISBANE QLD 4001
Phone: 1800 223 226

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
National Rural Faculty
15 Gover Street
NORTH ADELAIDE SA 5006
Phone: 1800 636 764

Further information is available from the Rural Procedural Grants Program Guidelines (PDF 402 KB)