Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme

The Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme is intended to provide more doctors for areas experiencing doctor shortages.

Page last updated: 07 February 2017

A percentage of all first year Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) in Australian medical schools are allocated to the Scheme. Students accepting a BMP commit to working in a district of workforce shortage or Modified Monash Model location 4-7 area of their choice during their return of service period.

Separate web pages have been established for those participants who joined the Scheme in 2015 and earlier, and for those who will join from 2016 and beyond, when the BMP will become a component of the new HWSP. Please note the long form privacy notice below, applies to active participants in both BMP Scheme streams.

2016 or Later

For all information regarding the BMP Scheme for participants who joined in 2016 or later.

2015 and Previously

For all information regarding the BMP Scheme for participants from the 2015 or earlier.

Important Information


Posted 07/03/2017

Read your agreement

BMP Scheme participants are reminded to fully understand their Deed of Agreement and remain aware of their obligations, particularly as they progress through their medical careers and approach their return of service period.


Posted 07/02/2017

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is now considered a District of Workforce Shortage and as a category MMM7 and ASGC-RA5 location (Very Remote Australia). It is therefore is an eligible location for the return of service obligation and Scaling discount for the BMP Scheme.

Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators

Some earlier BMP Agreements do not list a fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) as an eligible qualification under the BMP Scheme. The RACMA is an eligible medical college under the Scheme and a fellowship from RACMA is a valid fellowship under which to commence a return of service obligation under the BMP Scheme, even if it may not be noted explicitly in your Agreement.


Posted 16/11/2016

Privacy and your personal information

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notification

Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988. The Australian Government Department of Health (‘Department’) is collecting this personal information about you for the purpose of administering the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme, including assessing eligibility, monitoring your compliance with your obligations under your Deed of Agreement with the Commonwealth and assessing any requests you may make in relation to your participation in the BMP Scheme.

If you do not provide all of the information requested by the Department:

  • if you are applying to become a BMP participant – the Department will be unable to assess your eligibility to participate in the BMP Scheme; and
  • if you are already a BMP participant – you may be in breach of the notification requirements in your Deed of Agreement and the Department may not be able to assess a request or claim you make in relation to your participation in the BMP Scheme (eg, a deferral request or exceptional circumstances claim).

If necessary for the purposes of administering the BMP Scheme or if required or authorised by law, the Department may disclose your personal information to other organisations and government departments including:

  • your university;
  • the Department of Human Services;
  • the Department of Education and Training;
  • the Department of Immigration and Border Protection;
  • the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency;
  • the Medical Board of Australia;
  • Medical Colleges; and
  • Rural Workforce Agencies.

The Department is unlikely to disclose your personal information to overseas recipients.

If you disclose other people’s personal information to this Department (eg, if you are a BMP participant and, as part of an exceptional circumstances claim, you disclose personal information to the Department about your family members), in disclosing that personal information to the Department you undertake that those other people have (a) consented to the Department collecting and using their personal information for the purposes set out in this notice and (b) read and understood this privacy notice.

The Department has an APP privacy policy which you can read at health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/privacy-policy. You can obtain a copy of the APP privacy policy by contacting the Department using the contact details set out below. The APP privacy policy contains information about:

  • how you may access the personal information the Department holds about you and how you can seek correction of it; and
  • how you may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles.

The Department of Health can be contacted by telephone on (02) 6289 1555 or freecall 1800 020 103 or by using the online enquiries form.

Further Information

For further information call the BMP hotline on 1800 987 104 or send an email to BMPScheme@health.gov.au

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Important Information for New Zealand Citizens
If you are a New Zealand citizen, you will require an Australian Permanent Resident Visa to be eligible for a BMP Scheme place. Special Category Visas are not considered permanent resident visas for the purposes of the scheme. For further information regarding your residency status, please phone 1800 987 104 (freecall)