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