The terms of reference of the Inquiry are quite wide-ranging, encompassing all health professionals and alternative methods of incentive programs. They are as follows :
* to determine the factors limiting the supply of health services and medical, nursing and allied health professionals to small regional communities as compared with major regional and metropolitan centres.
* to enquire into the role and effectiveness of the current incentive programs for recruitment and retention of doctors, particularly in smaller rural communities,
* the appropriateness of the delivery model for the incentive programs,
* whether the current Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Areas classification scheme ensures appropriate distribution of funds and delivers intended outcomes, and
* other related matters
Submissions are currently being accepted, but a closing date for submissions has not yet been announced.