Targeted Recruitment

RVTS is expanding upon its traditional workforce retention and training model by piloting the recruitment of doctors to targeted remote communities with high medical workforce need.

An initial pilot of the program in Victoria has already secured the services of a second full- time doctor to Mallacoota in East Gippsland.

In 2019, six training positions will be available for targeted recruitment nationally. To ensure all training positions are filled, RVTS has endorsed the following 13 training locations across Australia.

Endorsed Targeted Recruitment Locations for 2019



Coordinating organisation

Bourke, NSW

RaRMS Health Bourke 

Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd

Lightning Ridge, NSW

Lightning Ridge Health Centre


Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd

Wadeye, NT


Wadeye Health Centre

Top End Health Service, NT Health

Dirranbandi, QLD

Dirranbandi Medical Practice


South West Health and Hospital Service, Queensland Health

Winton, WA

Winton Medical Practice


Central West Health and Hospital Service, Queensland Health

St George, QLD

Goondir Health Service


Health Workforce Queensland

St George, QLD

St George Medical Centre

Health Workforce Queensland

APY Lands, SA

Nganampa Health Council


Nganampa Health Council


Queenstown, TAS

Queenstown General Practice


Health Recruitment Plus & Ochre Health

Kerang, VIC

Northern District Community Health Medical Clinic


Rural Workforce Agency Victoria

Wickham, WA

Pilbra Doctors - Wickham


Rural Health West

South Hedland, WA

Wirraka Maya Health Service


Rural Health West

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island Health & Residential Aged Care Service 


Norfolk Island Health & Residential Aged Care Service 



How it will work

Successful candidates will remain at the location for the three to four years of their training through to GP Fellowship of the RACGP, ACRRM or both.

Interested applicants are advised to contact the coordinating organisation of location they are interested in applying for, details of which are available by clicking here

Upon successful interview, the coordinating organisation will pass on the applicant's details to RVTS for further assessment.

RVTS will be conducting its first round of assessments in July-August.

The first six locations to recruit candidates who are successful through the RVTS selection process will be awarded the training positions for commencement in January 2019.


Where there are more candidates than training places per selection round, candidates will be ranked in accordance with RVTS selection criteria (Refer to RVTS Targeted Recruitment Applicant Guide).

Key selection dates 

Key Dates

Round 1

Round 2

Close of Targeted Recruitment Applications*

30 July 2018

28 September 2018

Situational Judgement Test

2 July - 10 August 2018

2 September - 12 October 2018


30 July - 17 August 2018

8 October -19 October 2018


September 2018

November 2018

Training commences

29 January 2019

29 January 2019


*Targeted Recruitment closing dates are different to the closing dates for RVTS general selection.


The following criteria has been used to determine the endorsement of training locations for targeted recruitment.

  • GP Community Care. The positions must be providing continuing comprehensive whole-patient medical care to individuals, families and their communities.
  • Remote geographic location. The locations must be within Modified Monash Model (MMM) Regions 4 to 7. For Aboriginal Medical Services, locations in MMM 2-3 will also be considered. Preference will be given to more remote locations.
  • High Medical Workforce Need. The positions must have a demonstrated and long-term high medical workforce need. Positions will normally require endorsement from the local Rural Workforce Agency, State Government Health Department, Primary Health Network or NACCHO State Affiliate.
  • National Spread. RVTS aims for an equitable national spread of training positions across the country based on current ABS population data.

All RVTS targeted recruitment positions will utilise existing RVTS training positions, infrastructure. It is envisioned that the addition of targeted RVTS recruitment will enhance the attractiveness of these posts to high quality applicants and thus provide these communities with a well-supported and functioning GP workforce.

To download the recruitment guide, please click here