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  • Study and training loans – what's new

    This page will keep you updated with the latest study and training support loan legislation related information.

    HELP debt reduction for rural doctors and nurse practitioners

    On 17 February 2022, the government introduced a Bill into the Australian parliament to encourage doctors and nurse practitioners to live and work in rural, remote or very remote areas of Australia.

    The Education Legislation Amendment (2022 Measures No.1) Bill 2022 (the Bill) amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003. The Bill has not been passed in the Australian parliament yet.

    Subject to the Bill becoming law, the HELP for Rural Doctors and Nurse Practitioners initiative gives doctors and nurses the opportunity to reduce their outstanding Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debtExternal Link if they meet:

    For further information, contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment at

    Last modified: 20 May 2022QC 59241