Rural LAP FAQs

What is Rural LAP?

The Rural LAP is a component of the Australian Government’s rural workforce capacity agenda and aims to provide targeted rural support services to general practitioners, specialists (obstetricians and anaesthetists), nurses and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia.

Rural LAP enables rural and remote professionals to take leave by finding suitable locums to back-fill positions, ensuring ongoing service delivery. Rural LAP recruits locums and covers associated costs of the locum’s accommodation, travel, meals and daily allowances. This means health services and practices must only pay the base locum rate.

Who is eligible to receive locum support?

Eligibility and selection criteria are aligned with the aims and objectives of Rural LAP. Eligible individuals, sole and self-employed practitioners, and organisations can all apply for locum support.

See the client eligibility page for more details.

How can I apply for locum support?

Eligible health professionals and organisations can request locum support via the online application form. Applications must be supported by a person with authority to approve a locum placement in your service/practice. Self-employed health professionals are eligible to apply. Hardcopy forms are available, simply contact Rural LAP to request one.

When are applications for locum support accepted?

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for requests for locum support. Short notice requests will be considered on a case by case basis. Contact Rural LAP as soon as possible for any short notice requests.

When will I be notified if my request for locum support is successful?

The application outcome will be provided in writing as soon as possible.