Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants (RRTIGs) programme

This programme provides funding to upgrade and/or extend the existing premises of existing general practices in rural or regional locations to provide additional consultation rooms and space for teaching medical students and supervising general practice registrars.

Page last updated: 13 July 2016

$52.5 million (GST exclusive) has been committed for investment in general practice infrastructure and training through the Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants (RRTIGs).

An anticipated minimum of 175 grants, each capped at $300,000 (GST exclusive), will be available for existing general practices to expand their facilities to provide additional consultation rooms and space for teaching medical students and supervising GP registrars.

General practices are required to match the Commonwealth funding which will leverage private investment.

Applicants must be an existing general practice, or in the case of an application from a consortium, must include an existing general practice as the lead agency.

Remoteness classification

Rural and regional general practices located in Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area 2-5 (ASGC-RA 2-5)* will be given the opportunity to apply for funding.

To check if you are located in ASGC-RA 2-5*, please visit the Department’s Doctor Connect web page.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the RRTIGs is to upgrade and/or extend the existing premises of existing general practices, in rural or regional locations, to provide additional consultation rooms and space for teaching medical students and supervising general practice registrars. The objectives of the RRTIGs are:
  • Objective 1: To provide space for medical students and/or general practitioner registrars on clinical placements;
  • Objective 2: To offer increased clinical placements for registrars and medical students to experience practicing primary health care services in rural and regional areas;
  • Objective 3: To provide increased access to additional health professionals in rural and regional primary care; and
  • Objective 4: To provide and increase supervisory opportunities for rural and regional health professionals.
Expected outcomes for the RRTIGs include:
  • Additional teaching and training infrastructure in existing general practices;
  • Increased opportunities for medical students to experience working in a rural and/or regional practice;
  • Improved distribution of health workforce and increased access to services for consumers; and
  • Increased opportunities for general practitioners to maintain and increase supervisory skills through professional support and linkages with training institutions.

Current status

The Invitation to Apply is now closed.

The RRTIGs programme guidelines are now available.

Want more information?

Please email RRTIG enquiries.

Footnotes

* And if applicable, in relevant classifications to be confirmed under the Modified Monash Model.