The Rural Remote Admissions Scheme provides Commonwealth Supported Places to students from rural or remote regions.

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Rural-Remote Admissions Scheme

RRAS is aimed at increasing the number of rural/remote origin students selected for entry to the JMP - Doctor of Medicine.

Thirty percent of available Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) in the JMP - Doctor of Medicine will be allocated to students entering under RRAS. In 2014 this translates to a RRAS quota of 51 places (18 at University of New England and 33 at the University of Newcastle).

Candidates considering applying for a position under RRAS are advised to carefully read and ensure they understand the information provided in:

Both documents contain important information regarding requirements and responsibilities under RRAS.

Enquiries should be directed to:

Enquiry Centre
University of Newcastle

P: (02) 4921 5000
W: AskUoN

Future Students Team
University of New England

P: 1800 818 865

Candidates must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Academic - candidates must satisfy the minimum academic requirement for admission to the JMP - Doctor of Medicine as outlined in the 2015 Prospective Student Guide due out in May 2014. 
  • UMAT, MSA and PQA - candidates must satisfy the criteria as outlined in the JMP selection process.
  • Have resided in a rural/remote location for at least five years cumulatively since the age of five years (see below Assessment of rural/remote status).  
  • Only Australian Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents are eligible to apply under RRAS - New Zealand Citizens are ineligible.

A candidate's rural/remote status will be assessed based on information provided on the candidates RRAS application. In order to be considered under RRAS a candidate must have resided in a rural/remote location for at least five years consecutively or cumulatively since the age of five years. Where appropriate, factors such as schools attended by the candidate (Kindergarten through to Year 12), work experience, work history and a reference from a rural community leader (supporting and validating the student's rural status) will be taken into account.

The University of Newcastle/University of New England will classify an individual's background as rural or non-rural based on the Federal Government's ASGC - RA Classification.

RRAS candidates who do not to satisfy the rural/remote criteria will be advised by mail and their applications will be automatically transferred to the standard (non-rural) CSP applicant pool.

Candidates must lodge all three of the applications outlined at Application Process.

Details concerning your rural/remote status should be listed on the RRAS direct University application in chronological order starting with the most recent and working backwards. Candidates should note that they may be asked to provide documentation to validate the information provided; for example, a letter from a past school or a letter from a previous employer.

All RRAS candidates are required to provide a reference in support of their rural/remote status - this reference needs to be from a rural community leader, preferably from the local community. The purpose of the reference is to validate a candidate's rural/remote status - it is not a character reference.

The University of Newcastle/University of New England reserve the right to check all information provided in support of a RRAS application, including contacting schools and referees. Applicants may also be requested to provide additional documentation to support their application - additional documentation may take the form of a letter from your school verifying the dates of attendance.