We recently released some information around the potential changes around where GPs will be able to work in Australia. In our recent blog post we highlighted information received from the Department of Health in Australia which would require all practices seeking to engage an overseas trained GP to apply for a Certificate from the Rural workforce agency. This has now been confirmed and will affect all GPs applying for visas from today (11 March 2019) The full Visa for GPs factsheet can be found here.
All employers nominating a particular role to be filled by an overseas trained GP will need to obtain a certificate from the Rural Workforce Agency proving a genuine need to fill the position by an overseas doctor. This will affect the Employer sponsored temporary (TSS 482) and permanent visas (Subclass 186)
The Visa for GPs initiative will be supported by a planning tool developed by the Department of Health to assess the suitability of an overseas trained GP being recruited for the particular role. The aim is to try to distribute overseas trained GPs to areas where they are most in need, particularly regional, rural and remote locations.
What does this mean for Overseas Trained GPs?
As the information has just been released today, over the coming week or two we will understand more about how this will affect UK trained GPs and where you can work. It must be emphasised that is not designed to stop UK GPs working in Australia so there will still be plenty of available positions to consider. It may however mean that it is harder to find a position within metropolitan areas and the State Capitals, eg Sydney, Melbourne, Perth etc.
Each application considered will be assessed on its own merit by the new Workforce Planning Tool which is unfortunately not publicly available information. This makes it more difficult for us to surmise which positions and practices will be directly affected. We anticipate however, that many of our current positions which are already in workforce shortage areas should still be available for UK GPs.
If you wish to discuss your circumstances directly please do get in touch with a member of our team.