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HECS Reimbursement Scheme FAQs

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).

What is an eligible location?

The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas system (ASGC-RA) is used to define eligible areas. ASGC-RA 2-5 locations are eligible for the HECS Reimbursement Scheme. The initial 12 month period must be undertaken continuously in an RA 2-5 location.

Go to the Remoteness Area Locator map.

How are payments scaled?

Payments are scaled by remoteness according to the ASGC-RA classification of the location where medical services are provided or training is undertaken.
No. of years to receive reimbursement for a standard HECS-HELP place
5 years
4 years
3 years
2 years

Who is eligible?

All eligible medical graduates can participate in the scheme.

To be eligible, graduates must meet ALL criteria listed below:

  • be an Australian citizen or hold an Australian permanent resident visa;
  • through a CSP have completed an accredited Australian medical course, leading to the award (conferment) of a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBS) or equivalent;
  • have completed their final year of study and obtained their medical degree in the last six years (noting that six years commences from the date of conferment of the degree and the initial application must be received within this time frame);
  • have provided medical services or undertaken continuous training as defined by the Health Insurance ACT 1973 in an eligible RA 2-5 location;
  • have provided the initial twelve months continuous training after the date of conferment of the degree; and
  • have been a CSP student that incurred a HECS-HELP debt.

More information

HECS Reimbursement Scheme - Guidelines
HECS Reimbursement Scheme – Medicare Australia
or call The Department of Human Services on 1800 010 550.

Related links

Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas map