Is there an age limit for GPs?

A question we’re asked so often is ‘am I too old to work in Australia or New Zealand or ‘what is the age limit for working as a GP in Australia or New Zealand?

The answer is, there is no age limit. We have placed GPs ranging from newly qualified doctors through to GPs who have reached retirement and fancy a spell working overseas.

Age is not a factor for the majority of our medical practices we work with. Most are looking for good all-round GPs with comparable qualifications.

Let’s address what practices are looking for:

Australia

If a practice in Australia is unable to find a suitable GP from within Australia they will first look overseas for a GP with substantially comparable experience such as the UK or Ireland.

The Australian registration process has changed on the 3rd September this year so for more information on this means for you please do get in touch.

New Zealand

New Zealand practices will look to comparable countries.  There is a list of 20 countries which are considered comparable. For a full list please the Medical Council website.

Age Limit for Visas

To apply for a temporary visa to work in either Australia or New Zealand, as long as you meet the other criteria, then age is no factor.

If you are planning a permanent move then the age limit when applying for a permanent visa in Australia is 45 and in New Zealand, you need to apply before you reach 56. Our specialist immigration advisor can advise on your individual circumstances. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.