For OTDs and FGAMS, scaling is a non-cash incentive which can reduce individual practitioners’ 10 year moratorium restriction period.

Time reductions apply to doctors who choose to live and work in regional and remote areas, and are scaled as per the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) table below:

ASGC-RA (2006) Classification
ASGC-RA (2006) 1 Major Cities
ASGC-RA (2006) 2 Inner Regional
ASGC-RA (2006) 3 Outer Regional
ASGC-RA (2006) 4 Remote
ASGC-RA (2006) 5 Very Remote
Period of restriction10 years9 years7 years6 years5 years

Further information regarding scaling is available at the related links below.

Related links

Scaling information
Map locator
Scaling Fact Sheet

Privacy and your personal information

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notification

The Australian Department of Health collects personal information about you for the purposes of determining eligibility for and administering exemptions under section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973. The Department of Health can be contacted by telephone on (02) 6289 1555 or freecall 1800 020 103 or by using the online enquiries form at

If you do not provide some of the personal information requested, the Department may not be able to determine your eligibility for an exemption.

The Department will disclose information to the Department of Human Services (DHS) - Medicare to enable Medicare benefits to be available for your services if you are determined to be eligible.

The Department has an APP privacy policy which you can read at You can obtain a copy of the APP privacy policy by contacting the Department using the contact details set out above. The APP privacy policy contains information about:

  • how you may access the personal information the Department holds about you and how you can seek correction of it; and
  • how you may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles

The Department is unlikely to disclose your personal information to overseas recipients.