GP Locum Frequently Asked Questions
RWAV is dedicated in supporting our rural communities and as a not for profit organisation we do not charge any fees for our service, unlike many commercial recruitment agencies.
We take away all the administration and paperwork hassle for you by assisting with placement negotiations, help with credentialing and provider numbers and provide end-to-end support right through your placement.
RWAV provides you with a detailed summary before you start a locum placement, including orientation and induction guidelines.
Some placements and locations may attract extra incentives through a locum grant.
We have invested time to know our rural communities and visited the practices where you will be working, so you can be assured we will match you to the right vacancy that suits your skills and preferences.
In order to work with the RWAV Specialist GP Locum Program, you must have specialist recognition with RACGP or ACRRM, hold registration with AHPRA and have general practice experience.
GPs who are subject to 10-year moratorium can only work in a Distribution Priority Area (DPA) – check the Health Workforce Locator here.
Previous experience providing short-term GP placements within a rural or remote location is preferred although not essential.
If you are seeking to offer hospital, nursing home visits, after-hours and/or On-call you will also need current emergency skills training such as ALS or REST.
Locums interested in working within Aboriginal Health will also require Cultural Safety awareness and training. See our working in ACCOs page for more information.
For doctors interested in gaining experience in general practice check our recruitment information.
A locum placement can range from one to six weeks or longer; be full-time, part-time or provide weekend cover only.
Some placements require ongoing support due to workforce shortage or if they utilise a permanent locum model, however the flexibility of being an independent locum is that you offer to work according to your availability.
For GPs interested in RWAV contracted locum work please contact us to discuss roster and availability requirements.
Locums determine their own fees, based on a daily rate or % billings, fees vary according to the type of work and location and start from $1200 + GST per day. VMO + On-call is paid in addition and varies according to each health service.
The Locum should invoice the practice at the end of the placement.
RWAV can assists with negotiation of placement fees and terms on your behalf.
RWAV Contracted Locum GPs earn a higher than market rate salary paid fortnightly, along with superannuation and access to salary packaging.
Practices usually reimburse reasonable travel costs at ATO rates and will provide suitable self-contained accommodation for the locum duration.
There are standard documents and checks required by practices and health services in Victoria before you can start a locum placement. It is a requirement for all GP locums working through RWAV to ensure documents are valid and not expired.
To register with RWAV please complete the Application Form and provide certified copies/evidence of all the documents listed below:
- Current CV/Resume
- Current Indemnity insurance certificate
- FRACGP/ACCRM Certificate
- Photo ID – (passport and driving licence only- this is required for 100-point identity check)
- Current CPD statement
- Valid Victorian Working with Children Check
- Valid Police Check/Fit to work Check
- Referee details (please provide email and number of one professional contact.
Once you submit your application we will contact you to arrange a screening interview to discuss your experiences and work preferences.
We may need to complete reference checks and request all relevant documents. This documentation must be provided prior to confirmation of placement.
You are required to obtain a new provider number for each location you work at. To do this, register via PRODA (Provider Digital Access) an online identity verification and authentication system that lets you securely access a range of government online services for providers. Once set up you can apply for and receive new numbers immediately
If you are going to provide On-call/VMO/aged care work every health service will require you to be credentialed via online credentialing or through paper credentialing application depending on their system. In addition, they will require you to provide:
- Copy of your medical degree
- Copy of ALS or equivalent certificate
- Flu immunisation certificate
COVID immunisation certificate
A placement summary is provided to outline the work requirements, terms, practice details, and information for each placement and we also provide orientation/induction guidelines to both parties.
We provide regular check-ins and offer support during your placement.
Another benefit of working with RWAV is eligible placements may receive additional locum grants or supports such as car hire, extra accommodation or bonus fees.
A placement evaluation is sent after every locum placement.
We like to keep in contact with our locums by email, SMS, or calls to inform you of upcoming locum vacancies.
RWAVs website has a list of current GP locum vacancies across rural and regional Victoria.
Please note not all locum vacancies are listed so if you have available dates, let us know and we will match you to the best opportunities as they become available.
We also encourage you to subscribe to the Locum Newsletter so that you can receive updated vacancies, latest industry information, Professional development events, shared stories and experienced from rural locums straight to your inbox every fortnight.
Allied Health Frequently Asked Questions
Eligible applicants who commence in practice may be able to access:
- Grants for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for education, conferences and skills development opportunities.
- Bursaries and scholarships to develop skills, increase capacity and scope of practice.
- Relocation grants – if you are moving from interstate or a metro location and meet our eligibility criteria you may receive a relocation grant to help with your removal costs and initial set up.