The Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies is aimed at increasing access to quality pharmacy services for rural healthcare Patients by improving and strengthening the rural pharmacy workforce in regional and remote areas of Australia.

The Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies improves the rural and remote workforce by providing incentives for Pharmacy Students to undertake their internship in a rural or remote Pharmacy.

The Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Program improves the rural and remote workforce by providing funding to Community Pharmacies located in rural and remote communities in order to retain newly-Registered Pharmacists beyond their internship training year.

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies

Successful intern applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Australian citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Undertaking an internship as a Pharmacist who has completed a pharmacy course approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and be eligible to undertake intern training requirements
  • Employed for a minimum of six continuous months
  • Provide placement reports as required in the Program Rules.

Successful applicant Pharmacies will meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the definition of a Community Pharmacy as outlined in the Pharmacy Programs Administrator General Terms and Conditions
  • Be actively trading and continue to actively trade throughout the period of time the Allowance applies to
  • Meet the Pharmacy Board of Australia preceptor requirements
  • Be located in a Pharmacy Accessibility Remoteness Index of Australia (PhARIA) category 2-6. Information on PhARIA locations can be found on the PhARIA website
  • Agree to advise the Pharmacy Programs Administrator if the Pharmacy’s circumstances change (further details are provided in the Program Rules)
  • Has agreed to employ an Intern Pharmacist for a continuous six– to 12-month period that meets the Pharmacy intern criteria
  • Applies for the Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies within 90 days of the commencement of employment of the Intern Pharmacist
  • Provide placement reports as required in the Program Rules.

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Program

Successful intern applicants for the Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Program will meet the following criteria:

  • Australian citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Completion of intern training requirements allowing for registration as a Pharmacist
  • Employed for a minimum of 12 continuous months
  • Provide placement reports as required in the Program Rules.

Successful applicant Pharmacies for the Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Program will meet the following criteria:

  • Meets the definition of a Community Pharmacy as outlined in the Pharmacy Programs Administrator General Terms and Conditions
  • Be actively trading and continue to actively trade throughout the period of time the Allowance applies to
  • Be located in a Pharmacy Accessibility Remoteness Index of Australia (PhARIA) category 4 – 6. Information on PhARIA locations can be found on the PhARIA website
  • Continues to employ a newly-Registered Pharmacist for a minimum of 12 continuous months. The newly-Registered Pharmacist must have been employed as an intern in this Pharmacy in the preceding year and must meet the Pharmacist Eligibility Criteria as set out in the Program Rules
  • Agree to advise the Pharmacy Programs Administrator if the Pharmacy’s circumstances change (further details are provided in the Program Rules)
  • Applies for the Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Program within 60 days prior to the completion of Pharmacist’s intern year
  • Provide placement reports as required in the Program Rules.

Applications may be made via the Pharmacy Programs Administrator Portal.

Documents submitted with each application should be certified by an eligible witness, based on state and territory legislation.

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies

Pharmacist preceptors are required to submit the following reports:

  • Pharmacist Mid Placement Report – is due to be submitted 30 days after the first 6 month period of the placement
  • Pharmacist End Placement Report – is due to be submitted 30 days after the end of the placement period.

Pharmacist Interns are required to submit the following reports:

  • Pharmacy Intern End Placement Feedback Report – to be completed at the end of the internship and submitted as part of the Pharmacist End Placement Report.

Payments

A maximum allowance of $10,000 (GST exclusive) per Intern may be made to eligible Community Pharmacies or Approved Hospital Authorities engaging a Pharmacy Intern employee for a continuous 12month period. A maximum allowance of $5,000 (GST exclusive) per Intern may be made to eligible Community Pharmacies engaging an Intern Pharmacist employee for a continuous six-month period.

Payments to Pharmacies engaging an Intern Pharmacist for a period of six to 12 months will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

Funding is provided in divided payments, based on the agreed placement period.

For a six-month placement:

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

For a placement between six and 12 months:

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

*3rd Payment is a pro rata amount for six– to 12-month placements.

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies – Extension Program

Community Pharmacist employers are required to submit the following reports:

  • Pharmacist Mid Placement Report – is due to be submitted 30 days after the first 6 month period of employment of the newly registered pharmacist
  • Pharmacist End Placement Report – is due to be submitted 30 days after the end of the 12 month employment period of the newly registered pharmacist.

Newly-registered Pharmacists are required to submit the following reports:

  • Newly-Registered Pharmacist End Placement Feedback Report – to be completed at the end of the newly registered pharmacist’s first 12 months of employment, and submitted as part of the Pharmacist End Placement Report.

Payments

A maximum allowance of $20,000 (GST exclusive) per Intern may be made to eligible Community Pharmacies engaging a newly-Registered Pharmacist for a continuous 12-month period.

Funding is provided in divided payments:

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

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies FAQ

  1. Eligible placement periods are six or 12 months.

    Pro-rata payments for placements lasting between six-12 months may be approved by the Pharmacy Programs Administrator. Placement periods under six months are not eligible for funding under the IIARP Program.

  2. Eligible locations are classified as having a PhARIA rating between 2 and 6. A full list of PhARIA locations is located here.

  3. Claims can be submitted up to 60 days before the internship commences. Claims should be submitted to the Pharmacy Programs Administrator no longer than 90 days after the internship has commenced.

  4. A hospital authority (or multi-purpose facility) must:

    • Operate a Pharmacy
    • Have a full time Pharmacist engaged who has the capacity to provide adequate supervision to a Pharmacy Intern
    • Be located in a defined rural area where there is no Community Pharmacy within a 30 km radius.
  5. Yes, hospital authorities (or multi-purpose facilities) can be eligible for funding if they provide an email or letter from the Community Pharmacy indicating that they are not willing to take on an Intern.

  6. Yes, payments will be made in a 50/50 split and the Intern must spend equal time at each site. Split agreements must last 12 months.

  7. Six-month placements are paid $5,000 (GST exclusive) and 12-month placements are paid $10,000 (GST exclusive) ($5,000 each if split between a Pharmacy and hospital authority). Further details about payments can be found in the Program Rules.

    Funding for placements between six-12 months will be worked out on a pro-rata basis.

  8. Yes, a Mid Placement Report (for placements greater than six months) and an End Placement Report completed by the Pharmacist is due for each placement. The Intern must also complete an End Placement Feedback Report that will need to be submitted before the final payment is made.

  9. A Pharmacy Intern is considered eligible if they:

    • Are 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
    • Are employed by the Community Pharmacy or hospital authority for a minimum of six continuous months.
  10. For the purpose of calculating pro-rata amounts, placements that have a finish date before the 15th of each month will be rounded down, and placements that have a finish date on or after the 15th of each month will be rounded up.

  11. As outlined in the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s Registration Standard: Supervised Practice Arrangements, to be approved as preceptor, a Pharmacist must:

    • Hold general registration
    • Have held general registration and practised as a Pharmacist in Australia for a minimum of 12 months in the area of practice where the supervised practice is to be conducted (e.g. hospital or Community Pharmacy practice), unless the Pharmacist has been registered for a shorter period and is approved by the Board to act as preceptor
    • Be practising in pharmacy premises (i.e. Community Pharmacy or hospital pharmacy department), or in other premises suitable for conducting supervised practice as determined by the Board on a case-by-case basis (e.g. a pharmaceutical company or pharmacy teaching institution)
    • Not have conditions placed on his or her general registration that would impact on their ability to conduct the supervised practise of the Intern
    • Have suitable relevant training or experience to act in this role.

    For further information, please refer to pharmacyboard.gov.au.

  12. Eligible placement periods are six or 12 months.

    Pro-rata payments for placements lasting between six-12 months may be approved by the Pharmacy Programs Administrator. Placement periods under six months are not eligible for funding under the IIARP Program.

  13. A certified copy of the Intern’s Australian passport, birth certificate in an Australian state or territory or certificate of Australian citizenship is considered adequate evidence of citizenship.

    For permanent residency, a certified copy of a letter confirming permanent residency or evidence from the Commonwealth’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online website. This must include the Intern’s name and visa number.

Intern Incentive Allowance for Rural Pharmacies - Extension Program FAQ

  1. Eligible Pharmacies must be located in a PhARIA 4–6 location. PhARIA information can be found here.

  2. Claims can be submitted up to 60 days before the internship ceases. Claims should be submitted to the Pharmacy Programs Administrator no longer than 90 days after the newly registered Pharmacist has commenced employment.

  3. No, the extension Program is restricted to s90 Pharmacies only.

  4. Each approved application will be allocated $20,000 (GST exclusive) and this will be apportioned over three payments. Further information about how funds are paid can be found in the Program Rules, available from the Downloads section of this page.

  5. Yes, a Mid Placement and an End Placement Report completed by the Pharmacist is due for each placement. The newly-Registered Pharmacist must also complete an End Placement Feedback Form that will need to be submitted before the final payment can be made.

  6. Yes, if you do not have an approved IIARP claim for the same Intern, you will not be eligible for the extension Program.

  7. For 12 months. If the newly-Registered Pharmacist leaves for any reason you must inform the Pharmacy Programs Administrator within 21 days of the newly-Registered Pharmacist leaving.