Rural Clinical Support Scheme (Nursing and Allied Health)

Is completing a placement in a rural or regional area putting you under financial pressure? The Faculty of Health Rural Clinical Support Scheme can help you by easing financial stress and allowing you to have hands-on relevant work experience in a rural location.

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, successful applicants will now receive their funding approximately 2 weeks prior to their placement start date. Applications will continue to be assessed in our standard timeframe of 1-2 weeks.

This application form is for Nursing and Allied Health students who are completing a rural or regional placement. If you are a Medicine student, please use the Rural Clinical Support Scheme (Medicine) application.

The scheme is made possible due to funding provided by the Federal Government and will only be offered to students while grant funds remain available.

To meet eligibility criteria you must be

  • a current Deakin student enrolled in a Rural Clinical Placement unit in either:
    • an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or
    • a postgraduate degree (CSP or full fee paying place)
  • an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • on a placement of no less than two weeks (consecutive days) in a rural or regional area with an RA2 to RA5 rating (you can confirm this at the Department of Health's Health Workforce Locator website - please use the 2016 Australian Statistical Geographic Remoteness Areas filter).

The following conditions apply to this funding

  • Students are not eligible for grant funding where the rural placement takes place within 50km of their home address
  • Students may apply for funding only once they are enrolled and their rural placement has been confirmed
  • Where Deakin-owned residences are available, in lieu of receiving the allocated accommodation payments, students will be encouraged to access these residences and have the rent fees waived for the duration of their placement
  • Students must return their funding if for any reason they do not complete the placement unit

Please note: Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Application dates

Application dates for Trimesters/Semester are as per below table. Please note that placements must be confirmed prior to applying.

Study periodApplication dates
Trimester/Semester 1 2020Applications are currently open, and will close on Thursday 10 December at midday.*
Trimester/Semester 2 2020Applications are currently open, and will close on Thursday 10 December at midday. *
Trimester 3 2020Applications are currently open. The closing date is to be confirmed.
Trimester/Semester 1 2021Applications are currently open. The closing date is to be confirmed.

* If your Trimester/Semester 1 or 2 2020 placement has been significantly delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Application form

Please answer the following questions to apply for the Rural Clinical Support Scheme.
Your application will be assessed and you will be advised of the outcome via email.

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Your details
To be used as faculty primary point of contact for you
or a secondary (non-Deakin) email address

Your course details
Please select your school within the Faculty of Health

Placement details
Proposed start date of placement *
Proposed end date of placement *
Length in weeks

Financial assistance details

Does your request for Financial Assistance relate to the following costs? Select no if you do not require any of the following.

Accommodation *
Incidental items *
Travel *

Are you receiving or applying for any other forms of funding, either from within Deakin or outside, for this application period? * * Please note: you will not be eligible for this funding if you are receiving other funding (excluding Centrelink payments).

Deakin University is collecting your personal information on this form for the primary purpose of determining your eligibility to receive the Rural Clinical Support Scheme. It will also use this information to help plan for grants of this nature that may be developed in future years. For these purposes Deakin may also provide cohort-level summaries of this information to the Commonwealth Department of Health, in de-identified summary formats, as part of our annual reporting requirements.

You are not required to provide the information requested, however if the information is not provided, Deakin may not be able to determine your eligibility to receive the Rural Clinical Support Scheme.

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