Types of Medical places
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)
If you accept one of these places the Australian government will pay for most of the cost of your university education. You will be required to pay a contribution to the cost of your education which you can choose to pay up-front or as a HECS debt once you’re in the workforce and earning a wage or salary over a certain threshold. For most universities the annual student contribution amount for medicine in 2010 is $8,859, which is indexed for inflation.
Domestic Full-Fee Paying Places (FFP)
These places are not commonwealth supported meaning the government makes no contribution to the cost of your education. You’ll need to fund all your tuition and associated expenses yourself. These places involve paying the full cost of your tuition directly to the university as an up-front payment. Depending on the university, annual fees currently range from $28,450 to $58,653 (indexed for inflation).
A small number of these places used to be offered by most medical schools in Australia. They are now available only at Bond University and the University of Notre Dame Sydney, although the University of Melbourne is intending to introduce a number of them for its Doctor of Medicine program commencing in 2011.
Bonded Medical Places (BMP)
Bonded Medical Places are additional medical places that the Australian government has introduced to help resolve issues of workforce shortage. If the government had not introduced this scheme, students accepting these places would not otherwise have the opportunity to go to medical school.
BMP are Commonwealth Supported and attract the same student contribution amounts as standard Commonwealth Supported places. 25% of all Commonwealth Supported Places in Australian medical schools are BMP.
If you accept once of these places you must sign a contract agreeing to work in a District of Workforce Shortage of your choice for a period of time equal to the length of your medical studies after you have completed your postgraduate (specialty) training (including GP training). Districts of Workforce Shortage are located in outer metropolitan areas of the capital cities, regional and rural Australia.
For details refer to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing website: http://www.health.gov.au/bmpscheme.
Medical Rural Bonded Scholarships Schemes (MRBSS)
These places are also Commonwealth Supported and bonded. They attract the same student contribution amounts as standard Commonwealth Supported places. If you accept one of these places you sign a contract agreeing to practice in rural or remote areas of Australia for six continuous years after you have completed your postgraduate (specialty) training (including GP training).
In return for this you will receive a scholarship allowance which is currently valued at $24,207 per year (tax free) for the duration of your medical course. The scholarship value is indexed for inflation.
South Australian Bonded Medical Scholarship Scheme (SABSS) Places
These places are Commonwealth Supported places offered at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University to long-term residents of South Australia:
There are two types available:
- Urban or rural scholarships
If you accept a rural scholarship place you’ll agree to work for four years after graduation (if you are at Flinders University) or six years after graduation (if you are at the University of Adelaide) in a rural area of South Australia after completing any postgraduate (specialist) training. You’ll negotiate the exact location with the South Australian Department of Health at the time.
If you accept an urban or rural scholarship place you’ll agree to work for four years after graduation (if you are at Flinders University) or six years after graduation (if you are at the University of Adelaide) in a designated area of need within urban or rural South Australia after completing any postgraduate (specialist) training. You’ll negotiate the exact location with the South Australian Department of Health at the time.
As a scholarship recipient you must complete their medical studies and become a registered doctor within one and a half years of finishing their course. In return, you’ll receive an allowance of $26,500 per year for the duration of your medical studies. The scholarship value will increase by 4.5% per year to account for inflation.