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Dental Relocation and Infrastructure Support Scheme (DRISS)

What it does

The Dental Relocation and Infrastructure Support Scheme (DRISS) was announced as part of the 2012-13 Budget, providing $77.7 million over four years to strengthen services in the bush with a new grants programme to help dentists relocate to regional or remote areas.

Relocation grants between $15,000 and $120,000, dependent on the area to which a dentist moves, and grants of up to $250,000 to help with the purchase and fit out of dental facilities, are available through grant funding rounds twice each year..

The programme is administered by Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA), who is responsible for advertising and seeking participants, calculating and providing grant payments, monitoring ongoing eligibility and the day to day operation of the scheme.


To be eligible for the measure, applicants must:
  • have general registration as a dentist with the Dental Board of Australia;
  • be permanent residents or Australian citizens;
  • be intending to carry out private practice; and
  • be intending to move to a more regional, rural or remote area than the location of their current practice.

Applicants who intend to operate in both private and public practice may be eligible for the measure, however applicants who intend to operate solely within the public sector are not eligible.

Programme guidelines are available through RHWA, on their website.

What it achieves

The measure provides relocation and infrastructure grants to encourage and support dentists to relocate to regional and remote areas, and assist them to establish new practices or expand existing practices. The measure will help improve dental workforce distribution and service delivery capacity in regional and remote area communities.

Want more info?

Rural Health Workforce Australia

Call: 1800 475 433 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST)