Area of Need Declaration

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Tasmania) Act 2010 allows limited registration to be granted to enable a health professional to practice in an Area of Need.

It also prescribes that the determination of an Area of Need resides with the responsible Minister and the Minister may delegate this power.

The Principal Medical Advisor and Medical Director, General Practice and Primary Care carry ministerial delegations for Area of Need declarations under section 67 (5) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Tasmania).

The Area of Need Declaration Policy provides the process that health services wishing to apply for an Area of Need Declaration must follow; principles that underpin the declaration of an Area of Need in Tasmania, and criteria against which all Area of Need applications are assessed by the Minister or their delegate.

The process of granting an Area of Need Declaration will be managed in line with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness ensuring high ethical standards are maintained.

Applications will only be considered via the formally documented process and assessed against published criteria as detailed in the Area of Need Assessment Protocol.

Please be advised that the current review of Area of Need declarations has resulted in changes to the application process. While the review is occurring, all applications should be made on the application form as found below.

If a declaration has reached the end of the three years and contract negotiations have already occurred with an incumbent, please include this information in Section Three, Criteria Three – Other Considerations. Evidence that the incumbent has passed his/her PESCI must be attached. This also applies to applicants who have had AoN withdrawn and are re-applying.

For further information contact the Office of Principal Medical Advisor at or call (03) 6166 0410.

Area of Need Declaration listings for GPs and Specialists

These links are updated quarterly

  • Updated listings will be uploaded shortly

District of Workforce Shortage

Area of Need Declarations for general practitioner and rural placements are closely linked with District of Workforce Shortage Declarations (DWS Declarations).

DWS Declarations are determined by the Department of Health and Ageing and are linked to the provision of Medicare Provider Numbers.

Further information and a listing of DWS locations can be found on the Doctor Connect website

Area of Need links

September 2015