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HECS Reimbursement Scheme

Important Information

The HECS Reimbursement Scheme ceased on 30 June 2015.

Claiming Final Payments

Applications for final payments up to 30 June 2015 were accepted by the Department of Human Services until 31 July 2015.

More information

For more information about the cessation and final payment arrangements, please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions or call DHS on 1800 010 550 (call charges may apply).

The HECS Reimbursement Scheme reimburses HECS debts of medical students if they train or work in rural and remote communities.

Under the scheme, doctors can reduce the period for reimbursement of the cost of their medical studies from 5 years to 2 years, depending on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) location of their training or practice.

Reimbursements are scaled as follows:
ASGC-RA
No. of years to receive reimbursement for a standard HECS-HELP place
2
5 years
3
4 years
4
3 years
5
2 years
The scaling of HECS reimbursement payments was introduced as an initiative of the Rural Health Workforce Strategy. The scheme offers the greatest rewards to doctors who are willing to work in the most remote areas.

What it achieves

The scheme encourages medical graduates to pursue a career in rural medicine, and so increases the number of doctors in rural and regional areas.

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