Hey all, Well I noticed a number of people seemed misinformed regarding the MRBS, so I thought I'd remedy this situation since I'm now something of an expert on it. Okay, so, the important facts: The contract requires you to work for 20hrs/wk, for 9 months of every year, in RA2-RA5 regions, for 4-5.5 years depending on how remote you go, once you gain fellowship (i.e. once you have completed your specialisation). You are allowed to work wherever you like during that required time (e.g. you can operate a private practice if you like), and you are allowed to move around geographically as much as you want. As long as you meet those requirements, you can do whatever you like for the rest of the time (e.g. you could do your twenty hours in a rural area, then the rest of your time elsewhere). You get about $25,000 a year (as of 2012), but this is indexed each year, and as such increases as time goes on. There are essentially 2 consequences of breaching the contract (which is only possible once you commence the 2nd year of your degree): You must return all the scholarship money paid to you, and this becomes due (and therefore begins earning interest – around 11% right now, I think) 6 years after you breach You can't have a functioning Medicare Provider Number for 12 years after you gain fellowship – i.e. you can't work in private practice for 12 years after you are specialised There is an interactive map which shows exactly where the borders of the Remoteness Areas are: DoctorConnect - Locator This URL has all the latest information on the MRBS (be careful, I noticed people linking to contracts and information from 2009), including an updated information booklet, the latest draft contract, and information on scaling: Department of Health and Ageing - Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme I've not fully researched the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme, but I'm pretty sure that these are the major differences: You don't get ~$25,000 per year, rather, you get nothing, and if you breach: you have to pay 75% of the Commonwealth Contribution Amount for each year of your uni schooling (i.e. 75% of ~$20000/year, probably increasing to ~25,000/yr by the time you finish, i.e. you'll owe the government ~$100,000), but you get to keep your right to a Medicare Provider Number, and therefore can work in private practice all you like (unlike the MRBS). You have to work in a District of Workforce Shortage (DWS), as opposed to specifically an RA2-RA5 area, although I believe that much of RA1 regions are not DWS regions. 25% of CSP places are BMP places, while ~3% are MRBS. Also: Unbonded, BMP, and MRBS places are technically all HECS and CSP places (i.e. in each case, the gov't contributes around ~$20000/yr, and you maximally contribute ~$10000/yr, which you are able to put on a HECS loan), but the people who run applications and such are sometimes not aware of this. From what I could gather on MSO (I've just came off a gap year so I did all my applications over a year ago), most unis treat the MRBS as something you have to express interest in, and is offered to unbonded applicants in order of merit. However, the Adelaide offer system considers it to be below unbonded and above BMP places. If you're at Adelaide and aren't interested in the MRBS but haven't got an unbonded place, keep your hopes up (unless it's March and you still don't have unbonded), because there are probably only 5-10 of these places. I made this a thread so you guys can conveniently link to it. Hope that helps!