Targeted recruitment

RVTS has expanded its traditional workforce retention and training model by recruiting doctors to targeted remote communities with high medical workforce need.

An initial pilot of the program secured the services of a second full-time doctor to communities in Mallacoota, Victoria, and Cunnamulla, Queensland.

In 2019, six training positions are 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

 Wadeye, NT


 Wadeye Health Centre

 Top End Health Service, NT Health

 Dirranbandi, QLD

 Dirranbandi Medical Practice


 South West Health and Hospital Service,
 Queensland Health

 Blackall, QLD

 Black Stump Medical Practice


 Queensland Health - Central West

 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 works

Successful candidates 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 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.

Applications for 2019 have now closed.

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
  (applications now closed)

  Round 2
  (applications now closed)

 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