Better Access to Radiation Oncology Fund

Up to $800,000 is available per applicant for projects that increase the capacity of radiation oncology treatment


The Australian Government is providing $11m of funding for radiation oncology services in relation to workforce development, research, and technologies for radiation oncology treatment and service quality improvement. This particular funding round is focussed on activities to support radiation oncology workforce. The Better Access to Radiation Oncology Fund will be provided over a period of two years for workforce developments.

Funding Objectives

The Better Access to Radiation Oncology Fund is being provided to further the objectives of the Program.  In particular, the funding will support activities which aim to:

  • Benefit radiation oncology treatment capacity nationally;
  • Establish linkages to existing radiation oncology workforce initiatives;
  • Take into account a ten year horizon; and
  • Have broad support of key stakeholders.

How Much Funding is Available?

The Australian Government is providing $11m of funding which will be distributed to the successful Applicants during July 2012 to July 2014.  The Department anticipates that the first payment of funding to the successful Applicants will occur in July 2012 with a small amount of funding potentially available in the 2010/11 financial year. .

The minimum grant is $100,000 (GST inclusive) and the maximum grant is $800,000 (GST inclusive).  Better Access to Radiation Oncology Fund projects outside this range will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

What Will Be Funded?

The Department expects that the Better Access to Radiation Oncology Fund will be awarded for activities which facilitate a national strategic and coordinated response to radiotherapy workforce issues relevant to the next decade.  It is anticipated that proposed activities would demonstrate new and innovative approaches to systemic problems.

The Better Access to Radiation Oncology Fund may be made available for project activities /items that could include, but are not limited to:

  • Activities to undertake radiation oncology workforce planning, data monitoring and review;
  • Activities which reduce barriers to accessing training places;
  • Activities which will attract staff to areas of need;
  • Activities which will provide incentives to delay retirement of current workforce members;
  • Activities which will support research into new technologies, where they relate to increases in patient throughput and common cancer treatments;and
  • Activities to change clinical practice arrangements (including role re‐design) to improve patient services.

What Will Not Be Funded?

The Department will not fund activities that duplicate existing resources or that will only assist an individual or a locally focussed project which does not contribute to a wider improvement in workforce or patient treatment capacity. Some specific examples of activities which will not be funded include arrangements similar to existing funded positions for radiation therapy registrars undertaking their National Professional Development Program placements, radiation oncology medical physics registrars and associated clinical preceptor positions.

Who Can Apply for the Funding?

For legal and accountability reasons, only incorporated bodies are eligible to apply for funding under this program.  The types of organisations that may apply for funding include:

  • State and Territory Health Departments responsible for delivering radiation oncology services
  • Private providers of radiation oncology services.
  • Australian Institute of Radiography.
  • Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.
  • Royal Australian College of Radiologists, Faculty of Radiation Oncology.
  • Australian Universities providing undergraduate and post graduate courses and training programs for radiation oncologists, radiation oncology medical physicists and radiation therapists.
  • Organisations that have a direct affiliation with the provision of radiation oncology services.


Applications close at 2.00pm Canberra Time on Friday, 17 February 2012


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