Work as a remote GP

We recruit GPs as casual employees or contractors for 3 to 12 week paid placements in remote Aboriginal communities in the NT.

Your contribution will improve access to quality healthcare and generate better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NT Remote Locum Program GP role

NT Remote Locum Program GPs work as part of a dynamic and diverse team to deliver holistic, culturally safe primary healthcare.

Your team will include highly knowledgeable Aboriginal health practitioners, nurses, drivers and administration staff. Their remote healthcare experience will support you in your important role.

What you can expect as a NT Remote Locum Program GP

We’ll take care of the arrangements for your placement. Throughout the process, we will talk to you and the health service you will work with.

As you transition to a remote setting, you will have ongoing support so you can concentrate on providing a quality service to the community.

Before your first placement, we'll provide:

  • cultural orientation
  • clinical orientation valid for Cat 1 CPD points with ACCRM.

If it’s your first time working in a remote setting, you can also request a Remote Educator to help you to transition your skills and experience into a new environment.

As an urban-based GP, you already have the skills to work in a remote community. But the health issues you work with in remote communities might be different to those in urban and rural areas.

You can expect to expand your skills and knowledge. We provide plenty of resources to support your new experiences, including the NT Remote Locum Program eLearning program.

So you can transition smoothly, we will provide :

  • free online training valid for CPD with ACRRM
  • 24/7 support
  • information about the community where your placement is, and logistical information about travelling to, living and working there.

Eligibility to apply


Remote health services select NT Remote Locum Program GPs based on their local healthcare needs.

For this to happen, you must first become ‘credentialed’ with the NT Remote Locum Program. This means you send us the below information when you apply, and we provide this to an external expert.

They will certify that you have the experience needed for a NT Remote Locum Program placement.
Once you’re credentialed, you can respond to EOIs (expressions of interest) for placements. Our workforce coordinators send these out.

We send your EOI responses to the remote health service, and they may select you for a placement.
Becoming credentialed doesn’t guarantee a placement. It only gives you access to EOIs for upcoming placements.

Respond to EOI requests every time you want to do a placement. You can do more than one placement this way.

To help with the credentialing process, have these things ready when you apply to be a NT Remote Locum Program GP.

Employment history and references

  • A completed GP application form .
  • Current CV showing:
  • initial qualifications and relevant employment history, noting reasons for any gaps
  • a statement of service showing at least 250 clinical hours in the last 12 months.
  • Two reference check forms from:
  • a GP colleague who you’ve reported to or has held a senior position in your current organisation for at least 3 months
  • a GP who is either a peer or in a more senior role to you who you’ve worked with clinically for at least 3 months.
  • If applicable, details of any suspensions or actions from Ahpra (the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and evidence of a certificate of good standing.

Personal clinical skills and qualifications

  • A copy of your Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and any relevant postgraduate qualifications.
  • Evidence of Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) completed in the past year, including the practical and theoretical components. 
  • A statement of your current triennium CPD activities/points with RACGP or ACRRM.
  • Evidence of previous triennium CPD activities/points with RACGP or ACRRM.
  • Verification of qualifications form.
  • If you’re certified for Implanon procedures: a copy of your Implanon certification.

Proof of identity

  • Copies of your:
    • current, unrestricted driver’s licence (if you don’t have one, you must provide your passport and birth certificate).
    • current Australian or New Zealand passport or full birth certificate.
  • A colour passport style photo for your NT Remote Locum Program ID card.
  • If applicable, evidence of name changes.
  • If not an Australian Citizen, evidence of permanent residency.

Registration and insurance

  • Certificate of Fellowship (RACGP or ACRRM) or evidence of Vocational Registration.
  • If you’re applying as a contractor – your ABN and evidence of professional indemnity insurance.

Working with Children clearance application

You must have a Working with Children (WWC) clearance or exemption to work in the NT. The process takes 4 to 6 weeks, and must be done before your placement.

Apply through SAFE NT Online Services.

We’ll reimburse the application fee on your first placement when you give us your WWC clearance notice number.

Get in touch

If you’re a GP and would like to talk about joining the NT Remote Locum Program, talk to our team.