What is NAHRLS?

The Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) is part of the Australian Government’s National Health and Hospital Network Reform agenda and aims to remove some of the barriers rural and remote health professionals face in accessing leave.

NAHRLS enables rural and remote professionals to take leave by finding suitable locums to back-fill positions, ensuring ongoing service delivery. NAHRLS recruits locums, and covers associated costs of the locum’s accommodation, travel, meals and daily allowances. This means health services and practices must only pay the base locum rate.

213 Australian Government funded placements available !!

The NAHRLS Team have reopened our locum requests applications for the second quarter of this financial year. This means that if your staff leave requirements fall between 1 October and 31 December 2014, you are now required to complete our online Client Job Order Form and submit your application for support on or before 29th August 2014 to allow the NAHRLS team to prioritise placements for the quarter.

There are 188 nursing and midwifery placements and 25 allied health placements available this quarter so it is important that you get your locum requests in as soon as possible!

NAHRLS use a Prioritisation Checklist introduced in December 2013. This checklist incorporates the eligibility criteria available on the NAHRLS website and includes the following:

  • Rurality
  • Purpose of leave
  • Professional Details
  • Other details

The following list of health professions are eligible to apply to the NAHRLS locum register for the opportunity to work on a rural or remote placement:


  • Aboriginal health worker (certificate IV)
  • Audiology Chiropractic
  • Dental & oral health
  • Dietetics Exercise physiology
  • Medical radiation science
  • Midwifery Nursing (registered or enrolled)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Orthoptics
  • Osteopathy
  • Paramedics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Speech pathology

In addition to practicing one of the eligible professions, you must also be legally entitled to work in Australia and have current unrestricted professional registration in your field of practice.


Prioritisation of applications will take place from Monday, 1 September 2014 and successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.
NAHRLS Locum Request Applications will close at midnight on Friday, 29th August 2014.