This page offers information about registering and working as a doctor in Australia; here you will find some useful links to help you look into it for yourself. Before we get to that though, here is a company who are currently looking for GPs…
Calling All GPs Looking For An Exciting Move to Australia
Wanting the optimal work life balance in a country filled with opportunity and superior lifestyle?
Zento Recruitment are currently recruiting for GP practices based across Australia. We have a choice of practices that are looking for clinicians with the experience and drive to take their career to the next level. Earnings in excess of $250,000 P/A.
We are looking for Category 1 & 2 doctors as defined below.
Many benefits and the opportunity to become a permanent resident in Australia. We have partnered with immigration lawyers who specialise in helping all our candidates and their families apply for the right visas and verifying their qualifications. We can also help you with recommendations of financial partners, accountants and realty specialists as you make the move down under.
If you are interested please send an up to date CV to:
For any questions feel free to call:
+61 427 377 033
How to register to work as a doctor in Australia
Just as with nurses, much depends on…
- Your age.
- Your qualifications and where you obtained them.
- In some cases successful assessment of your skills.
- Your ability to speak the English language.
- And, no doubt, much more.
Who can work as a GP in Australia is governed by the Royal Australian College of GPs. They categorise GPs in to three groups. Category 1 and 2 doctors can generally get a job in Australia as a GP. Category 3 doctors (or those who can’t get categorised) will struggle to find work as there are sufficient Australian-trained doctors for those posts.
Category 1 doctors
Category 1 doctors are those with both a formal training certificate in Family Medicine plus membership of the appropriate Royal College (e.g. Royal College of GPs in the UK). Category 1 doctors most usually gained their qualifications from:
- New Zealand
Category 2 doctors
Category 2 doctors are those with one or other of the two above mentioned criteria for category 1 doctors. Category 2 doctors most usually gained their qualifications from:
- South Africa
For the full details on these categorisations, please visit RACGP.
If you do not have a qualification from one of the above countries then you would need to apply to be recognised via the Standard Pathway through the AMC.
That’s all I know, and I’m sure you have many questions, like…
In fact, the government has two websites that you will find very useful:
How much will you get paid?
Typically, GPs earn around $240,000 in suburban areas. This can rise to $400,000 in more rural areas. You’ll be paid on a fee per service basis – that is each patient is charged for a doctor’s consultation. You get a percentage of this, varying from 50% to 65%, depending on employer and the region.
What is GP work in Australia like?
GP practice in Australia is very similar to the UK & Ireland in terms of clinical work. Practices are generally modern and have nursing support. Some have physiotherapy, pathology, ultrasound, CT and / or ECG too. Usually the practices have 6 to 10 doctors on site. Typically, they are open 12 hours a day, for 5 days per week and often weekends too. They can be situated as standalone premises or in shopping centres or next door to a pharmacy.
Please see my page about job sponsorships.
More useful links:
The following posts from my blog may be of interest.
- How Does the Health Care System in Australia Work?
- Archaic Health Services in Australia? Another Visit to the Doctor
- Australia’s Bulk Billing Explained and $7 GP Fee Co-payments
- Going to the Dentist in Australia
- What It’s Really Like to Be Bitten by a Redback Spider
- The Australian Health Service: Getting an X-Ray
- Calling the Doctor’s Surgery When It’s Closed
- The Universal Law of Doctors