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What is Rural LAP Aged Care?

Rural LAP is a component of the Australian Government’s rural workforce capacity agenda. The program was recently expanded to provide targeted support to eligible aged care services in rural and remote Australia. Our focus is on supporting aged care facilities that are impacted by sudden departures, annual leave, and training. We find suitable locums to back-fill positions, ensuring ongoing service delivery for those in your care. 

The program is responsible for all the administration associated with recruiting appropriate locums. We arrange and cover all payments for the locum’s travel, accommodation, and incentives while on placement. There are no fees and charges, the hosting organisation is only responsible for paying the wage (including penalties, superannuation and any applicable taxes) for the period during which the locum is required. 

Who is eligible to receive aged care locum support?

Eligibility and selection criteria are aligned with the aims and objectives of Rural LAP Aged Care. Eligible individuals and organisations can apply for locum support.

See the aged care service eligibility page for more details.

How can I apply for aged care locum support?

Eligible aged care services can request locum support via the online application form. Applications must be supported by a person with authority to approve a locum placement in your service. Need a hardcopy form? Contact us to request one.

When are applications for aged care locum support accepted?

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for requests for locum aged care support. Short notice requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact Rural LAP Aged Care as soon as possible for any short notice requests.

When will I be notified if my request for aged care locum support is successful?

We’ll advise you of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible.