Voluntary Bonding Scheme
The registration of interest process for 2013 is now open and closes at 5pm on Friday 24 May 2013. New graduates and GPEP1 trainees* can apply now.
New Zealand needs more Doctors, Midwives, Nurses, Medical Physicists and Radiation Therapists in a number of communities and specialties.
Hard-to-staff communities and specialties struggle with higher vacancy rates, higher locum use, higher use of overseas trained professionals and longer waiting periods than their counterparts.
The Voluntary Bonding Scheme (the Scheme) is an incentive based payment scheme that has been introduced by the Government to reward Medical, Midwifery and Nursing graduates who agree to work in hard-to-staff communities and/or specialties and Medical Physicist and Radiation Therapist graduates who remain in New Zealand after their university studies.
It is a practical initiative designed to move graduates into the communities and specialties that need them most and retain essential health workforces in New Zealand
Graduates who are part of the Scheme are eligible for incentive payments, intended to help repay their student loans, for up to five years. Combined with compulsory student loan deductions from a graduate’s income, this will give individuals a significant boost in repaying their student loans. Those without a student loan are also eligible for the Scheme.
*Terms and conditions apply for the second entry opportunity for GPs. Please follow the link below for more information.
For information for each profession see:
For general information see:
- Voluntary Bonding Scheme Overview
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Voluntary Bonding Scheme Registration of Interest Guide
- Applying for Voluntary Bonding Scheme Payments Guide
For questions regarding the scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org.