Dean’s Rural List (DRL)

Last Updated: 07 July 2023

Dean's Rural List

If you have a rural background you may be able to boost your chances of entry into the medicine or biomedical science programs. Applicants may apply to be considered for a place in the course via the Dean's Rural List (DRL). 'Rural background' in this instance means rural areas in Australia only.


To be eligible, the applicant must have resided, according to their principal home address, for at least 5 years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively in areas classified as MM2 through to MM7 (Modified Monash Model).

How to Check your Eligibility

The MM classification of your current and previous addresses can be checked by consulting the Health Workforce Locator.

  • From the 'Classification Filter', tick the box for Modified Monash Model - 2019.
  • Start typing your full address in the Find Address box. As you type, appropriate addresses will be displayed and you can choose the correct one. If your actual address does not appear, try typing in the suburb only.
  • Click on Search location.
  • The MM classification of that address will appear.
  • Repeat for any additional address that you have resided at.

How to apply

Once timely applications are closed, all eligible applicants for Direct Entry Medicine, Graduate Entry Medicine and the Bachelor of Biomedical Science will receive an email from the Faculty providing them with additional information regarding the application process and instructions about how to apply for the DRL. This information needs to be submitted directly to the Faculty. Failure to do so may result in a missed opportunity to be invited to interview for medicine or offered a place in the biomedical science course.

If you have applied for both the medicine and biomedical science programs only one application for the DRL is required.

Further requirements

Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine applicants

If you apply for the medicine program, meet the minimum entry requirements, apply for the DRL when required, and are invited for an interview, you will have to submit a Statutory Declaration on the day of your interview. Upon request, you may also be required to provide verification of the address and date information you have provided when you applied for the DRL.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science applicants

If you apply for the DRL for entry into the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash, and are deemed eligible, you will be required to submit a Statutory Declaration confirming the details you have submitted. If you are successful in gaining a place, this Statutory Declaration will be made available to you prior to enrolment so that you can sign it and return it before accepting your offer. Upon request, you may also be required to provide verification of the address and date information you have provided when you applied for the DRL.

More information

Please visit the School of Rural Health webpage for further information regarding this scheme.

Download the Dean's Rural List flyer