You're eligible for this category if:
- you resided in a rural area for 5 years (consecutive) or 10 years (cumulatively), from birth. A rural or isolated area is defined as an area with an Australian Standard Geographic Classification of: RA2, RA3, RA4 or RA5. If you are based in Victoria this essentially means anywhere outside of Melbourne or Geelong. You can check the classification of your address on the Department of Health and Ageing website.
If you are eligible for this category, supporting documentation to verify your rurality could include
- Supporting letters from a GP/dentist, bank, school, university or workplace (signed originals on letterhead). Supporting letters must be dated, include your rural residential address and your rural address history, and the dates that you resided at the address.
- Documents to prove residence such as invoices for telephone, utilities, or bank statements showing your (or your family’s) address, can be provided but must be accompanied with either:
- a statutory declaration from a parent (if you were under 18 at the time and the bills are in the family name), OR
- a statutory declaration from you, the applicant (If you were over 18 at the time, as the bills must be in your name).