Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies

This Allowance is one of the suite of programmes under the Rural Pharmacy Workforce Programmes which are designed to strengthen and support the rural pharmacy workforce, in turn to provide increased access to quality pharmacy services for consumers residing in rural and remote regions of Australia.

The Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacists aims to increase and support the rural and remote pharmacy workforce by encouraging pharmacists to practice in rural and remote areas.

The Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Program provides funding to enable community pharmacies in rural areas to retain a newly registered pharmacist beyond the initial intern period.

Participation

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies

To be eligible the Community Pharmacy or approved hospital authority must:

  • meet the definition of a Community Pharmacy as outlined in the 6CPA General Terms and Conditions;
  • be located in a PhARIA category 2 – 6, locations can be found on the PhARIA website;
  • have engaged a pharmacy intern employee for a continuous 6 to 12 month period that meets the pharmacy intern criteria (below);
  • have applied for the Allowance within 90 days of the commencement date of the placement of the pharmacy intern; and
  • adhere to the reporting requirements.

The pharmacist intern must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • have completed a pharmacy course approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and be eligible to undertake intern training requirements;
  • be employed for a minimum of six (6) continuous months; and
  • adhere to the reporting requirements.
Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Programme

To be eligible the Community Pharmacy must:

  • meet the definition of a Community Pharmacy as outlined in the 6CPA General Terms and Conditions;
  • be located in a PhARIA category 4 – 6, locations can be found on the PhARIA website;
  • be employing a newly registered pharmacist for whom they acted as a preceptor during their intern year for a minimum of twelve (12) continuous months;
  • have applied for the Allowance 60 days prior to the completion of pharmacist’s intern year; and
  • adhere to the reporting requirements.

The newly registered pharmacist must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • have successfully completed their intern training requirements to become a registered pharmacist;
  • be employed for a minimum of 12 continuous months; and
  • adhere to the reporting requirements.

Application

Applications may be made via the ‘Apply’ buttons above.

Document Certification

Acceptable authorities for certifying documents:

  • Australian Chartered Accountant/Australian CPA (must include membership number)
  • Australian embassy/consulate/high commission staff
  • University official (must include university stamp in addition to signature)
  • Notary public
  • Solicitor, Legal practitioner, Magistrate
  • Justice of the peace
  • Commissioner for declarations
  • Commissioner for affidavits
  • Commissioner of oaths
  • Migration agent, registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (must include registration number)
  • Police officer
  • Pharmacist
  • Postal Manager

Reporting and Payments

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies

Pharmacist Reports

  • Pharmacist Mid Placement Report – online reporting template to be completed at the half way stage of the Internship.
  • Pharmacist End Placement Report – online reporting template to be completed at the end of the Internship.

Pharmacy Intern Report

  • Pharmacy Intern End Placement Feedback Report – online reporting template to be completed at the end of the Internship.
Payments

A maximum allowance of $10,000 (ex GST) per intern may be made to eligible community pharmacies or approved hospital authorities engaging a pharmacy intern employee for a continuous 12 month period. A maximum allowance of $5,000 (ex GST) per intern may be made to eligible community pharmacies engaging a pharmacy intern employee for a continuous 6 month period. Payments to pharmacies engaging a pharmacy intern for a period between 6 months and 12 months will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Funding is paid by the Guild via direct Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and apportioned over two stages  (6 month placement) three stages (6 to 12 month and 12 month placement).

6 month placement

  • 1st Payment – $2,500 paid within 28 days of the application’s approval
  • 2nd Payment – $2,500 paid within 28 days on receipt of accepted Pharmacists End Placement Report and Pharmacy Intern End Placement Feedback Report

6 to 12 month and 12 month placements

  • 1st Payment – $5,000 paid within 28 days of the application’s approval
  • 2nd Payment – $2,500 paid within 28 days on receipt of accepted Pharmacists Mid Placement Report
  • 3rd Payment – $2,500* paid within 28 days on receipt of accepted Pharmacist End Placement Report and Pharmacy Intern End Placement Feedback Report

*3rd Payment is a pro rata amount for 6 to 12 month placements.

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Programme

Pharmacist Reports

  • Pharmacist Mid Placement Report – reporting template to be completed at the half way stage of the placement.
  • Pharmacist End Placement Report – reporting template to be completed at the end of the placement.

Newly Registered Pharmacist Report

  • Newly Registered Pharmacist End Placement Feedback Report – reporting template to be completed at the end of the placement.
Payments

A maximum allowance of $20,000 (ex GST) per intern may be made to eligible community pharmacies  engaging a newly registered pharmacist for a continuous 12 month period.

Funding is paid by the Guild via direct Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and apportioned over three stages.

  • 1st Payment – $7,500 paid within 28 days of the application’s approval
  • 2nd Payment – $5,000 paid within 28 days on receipt of accepted Pharmacists Mid Placement Report
  • 3rd Payment – $5,000 paid within 28 days on receipt of accepted Pharmacist End Placement Report and Newly Registered Pharmacist End Feedback Report