Launched in May 2018, the Commonwealth Compact is a joint understanding between the Federal Government and the College on key issues impacting the health outcomes of rural and remote Australians.

The Compact formally recognises the College's position as a key national stakeholder on behalf of rural doctors and the communities we serve and acknowledges ACRRM's role as a peak body in setting standards for training General Practitioners and Rural Generalists. It also highlights the important role the College and its members play in providing high-quality health care to people living in rural and remote communities.

We recognise members for their positive response to the College's proposal to proceed with a Compact, for their engagement with the process of developing the compact, and ultimately for putting their faith in us to proceed with these negotiations on their behalf.

The Compact covers a number of general areas:

  • Rural Generalism - the Compact recognises our expertise in rural generalism and the integral role of the College in working with the Rural Health Commissioner to develop National Rural Generalist Pathways.
  • Training the Future Rural and Remote Medical Workforce - both parties will work to improve workforce distribution, reform general practice training arrangements, and support non-vocationally registered doctors to obtain Fellowship.
  • The College and the Commonwealth will work with key stakeholders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health, to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors achieving Fellowship.
  • Rural Workforce Policy, Planning and Distribution - both parties will work to develop and evaluate policies to support rural and remote communities with improved access to quality health care services.
  • Digital Health - the College will work with the Government to foster innovation and the adoption of digital health strategies including the My Health Record, recognising the potential for telehealth to enhance rural health care but not as a replacement for face-to-face services.
  • Rural and Remote Mental Health - the government will support the College to further develop and enhance its training and professional development to increase the capacity of members to provide mental health services, in addition to working on a range of strategies to improve access to mental health services.
  • Doctor Health and Wellbeing - the College will continue to play a key role in setting quality standards and developing innovative models of care to support rural and remote practitioners at all stages of their career. 
ACRRM Compact with the Commonwealth Government

This compact represents a shared commitment by the Commonwealth government (the Government) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (the College) to work together to improve health outcomes for rural and remote communities through securing an appropriately skilled and sustainable rural medical workforce.