Aged care client eligibility

To be eligible for locum support, you must meet the Rural LAP Aged Care selection criteria. 

Selection criteria

To access our locum support for aged care, you must be a practitioner, at an eligible facility and you must belong to one of the following professions:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Residential Aged Care Facility Manager
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Care Support Worker
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Care Coordinator
  • Community Support Worker
  • Audiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dietitian
  • Exercise physiologist 
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthoptist
  • Osteopath
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker

A variety of aged care settings are eligible for locum support placements under the program including residential care, home care, multi-purpose services and flexible aged care.

These settings are either:

  • an aged care service in Modified Monash Model (MMM) locations 4-7:
    • that received funding under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) program or the Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) program; or
    • operated by an approved residential or home care provider (as defined under the Aged Care Act 1997)
  • an aged care service in MMM 6-7 operated by an approved Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) provider.

Note: in exceptional circumstances where continuity of care is seen as high risk, other services providing aged care may also be considered for the placement of locums.

Placements will span between 14 days and 90 days. Under exceptional circumstances, an extension may be sought by the host facility for up to 30 days.

Note: host facilities are limited to applying for one allocation/assignment per position per annum. Special consideration may be given in extreme circumstances such as to help avoid a facility closing and/or not being able to operate.

Your facility must be geographically and/or professionally isolated

We use the Modified Monash Model (MMM) to assess the rurality of locum placements. The MMM uses seven categories to classify geographic locations:

  1. Major cities of Australia.
  2. Inner and outer regional Australia that are in, or within 20km road distance, of a town with population >50,000.
  3. Inner and outer regional Australia that are not in MMM 2 and are in, or within 15km road distance, of a town with population between 15,000 and 50,000.
  4. Inner and outer regional Australia that are not in MMM 2 or MMM 3, and are in, or within 10km road distance, of a town with population between 5,000 and 15,000.
  5. Inner and outer regional Australia in all other areas not yet classified.
  6. Remote Australia that is not on a populated island separated from the mainland in the ABS geography and is more than 5km offshore.
  7. Very remote Australia and areas on a populated island that is separated from the mainland in the ABS geography and is more than 5km offshore.

Locum support will be provided for eligible rural and remote aged care providers;

  • experiencing high turnover or sudden departures of staff; or
  • who require access to a temporary surge workforce while they recruit, and/or attract permanent staff; or
  • in order to take leave and undertake continuing professional development (CPD) activities

Rural LAP Aged Care provides incentives for permanent placements in aged care services (in MMM 4 to MMM 7 locations), to increase staff retention in regional and remote areas.

At least two weeks’ notice is required

Requests for locum support must be made at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the placement. Short notice applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.