Up to $370,000 is available for infrastructure and fit out costs for dentists to establish in regional locations.
100% Success Rate
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The Dental Relocation and Infrastructure Support Scheme (DRISS) supports the distribution of dental services into regional, rural and remote communities by providing relocation grants and infrastructure support grants to dentists. It is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health (Health) and administered by Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA). DRISS Guidelines are determined by the Department of Health.
The aims and objectives of DRISS are to:
- support individual dentists who are relocating to more rural, regional and remote locations within Australia, in accordance with the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas system
- increase the number of new Private Practices, and expand the services of existing Private Practices, in rural, regional and remote locations within Australia
- address the needs of rural, regional and remote communities and improve access to dental services by providing funding to establish new, and expand existing, private dental practices
- support the provision of public dental services by private practitioners, particularly in remote locations
- increase the placement and retention of dentists in rural, regional and remote areas
- support individual dentists to establish and enhance private dental services in rural, regional and remote communities
- provide information and support to dentists about DRISS.
Relocation Grant of $15,000 to $120,000
The DRISS Relocation Grant supports dentists moving to a more regional, rural or remote area of Australia to provide predominantly private dental services. Grant amounts are available from $15,000 to $120,000. To be entitled to the full amount, dentists must work in the new location for at least 12 months and comply with the conditions of the grant agreement.
Relocation and Infrastructure Grant up to $370,000
The DRISS Relocation and Infrastructure Grant supports dentists moving to a more regional, rural or remote area in Australia to provide predominantly private dental services. The Infrastructure component must be used to acquire infrastructure or undertake capital works to support the provision of those services. The entire grant is not to be used as the primary source of funding.
Payments up to $370,000 may be available, comprising:
- Relocation Grant – up to $120,000
- Infrastructure Grant – up to $250,000
To be entitled to the full amount, dentists must continue to provide dental services in their new location for at least 24 months and comply with grant agreement requirements.
An Infrastructure Grant can be used to support the provision of dental services in the new practice through:
- purchasing or upgrading dental equipment, for general dentistry services only
- capital works to construct a dental health practice
- capital works to build an extension to an existing structure
- refurbishing an existing structure.
At a minimum, all applicants must:
- have general registration as a dentist with the Dental Board of Australia (this registration must not be subject to any conditions, undertakings, restrictions or supervision requirements
- be a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian citizen
- provide predominantly general dental services
- be able to deliver private practice or a combination of predominantly private practice with public practice in the relocation destination
- all applicants must work a minimum of 0.5 FTE (15 hours per week) in private practice
- need to have relocated less than six months before the opening date of funding round or relocate within six months after the opening date of the funding round
- must have worked at their current or most recent practice location (Remoteness Area) for a minimum of six months in the last twelve months
- be relocating to provide services in more rural, regional or remote locations.
To be eligible for Relocation and Infrastructure Grants, applicants must also:
- have a minimum of six months’ experience in a private or public practice as at the start date of the funding round
- work full time to receive a full grant
- not be insolvent at the time of lodging the application.
To be eligible for a DRISS Grant, an applicant must be relocating their dental services to an area that is more rural, regional or more remote than their current (or most recent) practice. The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) is used to determine the remoteness of a practice location:
- RA1 – Major City (not eligible for DRISS funding)
- RA2 – Inner Regional
- RA3 – Outer Regional
- RA4 – Remote
- RA5 – Very Remote
Applicants relocating to a less remote or regional area (e.g. from RA3 to RA2) or moving to an area within the same category will not be eligible for a DRISS Grant.
Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.
The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.
Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.
Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation. Bulletpoint does not represent, not is affiliated with Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA).
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Applications for this funding have now closed.
The program is administered by Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA), who are responsible for advertising and seeking participants, calculating and providing grant payments, monitoring ongoing eligibility and the day to day operation of the scheme.
website: Rural Health Workforce Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Call: 1800 475 433 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST)