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RWC Medical Recruitment's Comprehensive International Guide to Working in Australia


Australia is renowned for its excellent healthcare system and quality of life, making it a highly attractive destination for international medical graduates (IMGs). If you've obtained your primary medical education outside Australia, this comprehensive guide aims to simplify your transition into the Australian medical workforce.

Why Work in Australia?

  • Competitive Remuneration: Enjoy attractive salary packages.

  • Work-Life Balance: Australia provides an ideal environment for a balanced professional and personal life.

  • Quality of Life: With its stunning natural beauty and year-round good weather, Australia offers excellent recreational options.

Visa Pathways for General Practitioners (GPs)

Types of Visas

  1. Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189): This visa is for skilled professionals who do not need a job offer or sponsorship. It allows you to live and work in Australia permanently.

  2. Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190): For this visa, you need to be nominated by an Australian state or territory government. It also grants permanent residency.

  3. Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186): This visa requires a job offer from an Australian employer. It allows you to live and work permanently in Australia.

Processing Time

While processing times can vary, expect to wait around 6-12 months depending on your country of origin and the type of visa you apply for.

Training Programs and Qualifications for International GPs

Pathways to Consider

  1. Competent Authority Pathway: This is tailored for GPs from countries like the UK, Canada, and the USA whose medical systems are similar to Australia's. Requirements include having a primary medical degree and passing the AMC Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ).

  2. Standard Pathway: For GPs from countries not recognised under the Competent Authority Pathway, this requires a primary medical degree and passing both AMC exams.

  3. Specialist Pathway: Experienced GPs who have recognition as a specialist in their home country can opt for this. It involves a skill assessment by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

Mandatory Examinations

  • AMC MCQ Examination: A computer-based test assessing medical knowledge.

  • AMC Clinical Examination: Evaluates clinical skills in medicine and surgery.

  • RACGP Exams: May be required if pursuing the Specialist Pathway.

10-Year Moratorium Requirement

Internationally trained doctors are required to serve in designated rural, remote, or regional areas for a period of 10 years. This helps address the shortage of medical professionals in these areas.

Financial Considerations for GPs

Earnings Potential

  • Bulk Billing Practices: Typically, you can expect to earn between 70-75% of the total billings.

  • Mixed Billing Practices: Here, the earnings generally range from 60-70% of billings.

Note: Non-VR GPs usually earn 5-10% less than the rates mentioned above.

Additional Earnings

Opportunities to increase your income exist for those willing to work extended hours, take on-call duties, or offer specialised services, potentially boosting your earnings by up to 40%.

Why RWC Medical Recruitment?

  • 🎯 Decade of Healthcare Expertise: We specialise in finding roles that fit your unique needs and qualifications.

  • 🌐 Broad Network of Opportunities: Our partnerships with healthcare providers across Australia offer a plethora of opportunities.

  • 🕒 Efficient and Streamlined Process: We offer end-to-end support, from credential verification to interview preparation.

High-Demand Medical Specialties in Australia

  • Emergency Medicine

  • General Medicine

  • Psychiatry

  • Rural General Practice

For personalised assistance and to explore your medical career options in Australia, reach out to our dedicated team of specialists.

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South Brisbane, QLD 4101

+61 1800 717 674

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