Ten year moratorium
What is the 10 year moratorium?
Section 19AB of the Act (also known as the ten-year moratorium) applies to doctors who obtained their medical qualification overseas or were not an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time they started a degree in Australia. Under the legislation, doctors affected will only be issued a Medicare provider number if they work in designated rural and areas of workforce need in Australia.
The geographical limitation on Medicare provider numbers is typically 10 years from the date of first registration in Australia, although it can be reduced by working in more remote locations.
Frequently asked questions
How does the ten year moratorium affect doctors applying to AGPT?
Doctors affected by the legislation can only apply to train under the rural pathway on the AGPT program.
What are rural areas?
Rural areas are those classed as RA2-5 or MMM2-7. For a map of rural areas, see the Doctor Connect website.
Can you apply for an exemption from the moratorium?
Applications for an exemption are to be made to the Department of Health. For more information visit the Doctor Connect website.