How to Get a Job As a Doctor in Australia

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. Alternatively, for those who meet the following criteria, Transition Medical can assist with both finding a suitable opportunity as well as registration.

Transition Medical

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To be eligible to work as a GP in Australia you need to hold a specialist GP qualification which is considered comparable to Australian GP training.

The Specialist Pathway is an assessment program with the Royal Australian College of GPs. This provides a pathway to Fellowship for overseas trained GPs.

If you hold a qualification from one of the countries below then you are considered either partially or fully comparable and we will be able to help you find a position.

  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • USA

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.

Transition Medical are a UK based recruitment agency specialising in the recruitment of GPs to Australia and work with the leading practices in Australia. Their focus is always on providing practical advice and assistance in finding the right job for you and managing your medical registration and visa paperwork.


How to register to work as a doctor in Australia

australian-approved-doctorThis isn’t a question that I am qualified to answer, the process to become registered to work as a doctor in Australia is, from what I understand of it, very complex.

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 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 2 doctors are those with one or other of the two qualifications or those who trained in South Africa, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden or the USA.

That’s all I know, and I’m sure you have many questions, like…

Doctors FAQFortunately I know where you can get those answers from, and all you need to do is click on that image and you will be taken to the FAQ page of the government’s website called DoctorConnect.

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.


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  • Nareshkumar Sharma October 14, 2017, 4:22 am | Link

    Sir . My wife is a Homeopathic Dr From India Having 10 years of Job experience. Can she get any job related to medical or health care field in Australia. Should she apply for PR in Australia.

  • Dr ssb August 4, 2017, 10:52 pm | Link

    I hv done plab 1 and plab 2 and gmc registrated.i ahve done my 12 months intership from pakistan.i have msc degree in dermatology from world renowed university in london and i have 5yrs experiencein i eligible for competent pathway.i really need help in this im so confused and not able to find proper info.

  • John June 28, 2017, 5:47 am | Link

    My wife has done her MBBS from India, DEM from UK and fellowship in FICM UK, currently she is pursuing her MRCP degree UK.
    Currently working Qatar.
    I would like to know what are the chances of getting a secured job and which pathway must we apply for our permanent residency.

  • Asim Hassan Mehdi June 26, 2017, 12:09 am | Link

    hi.. i am dr asim hassan mehdi currently working at Ireland for last 2 years. my primary medical qualification is MBBS from Pakistan and then i got Irish medical council registration in Ireland and as i said working over here for last 2 years. Now i got diploma in pediatrics and child health UK. i have also done MRCP paeds ireland and MRCPCH UK. Is there any route for me to get registration with Australian medical council
    regards. your help is highly appreciated

    • BobinOz June 28, 2017, 8:03 pm | Link

      Asim and John, these are questions I can’t possibly answer, the whole process is very complicated, so I have no idea. I don’t even know what half of these letters stand for 🙂 Hopefully though the links included in the above article can help you both get to the bottom of it all. Good luck, Bob

  • Georgie May 9, 2017, 4:34 pm | Link

    There are great job opportunities in Queensland for international medical graduates (IMGs)

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