Job seeker FAQs


Do I need to submit an application for each position I am interested in applying for?

Yes. As the positions are facility/network based you need to apply to each advertisement. Submitting only a CV only will not get you a job regardless of what you have been told.

Can I apply for more than one position?

The system accepts applications for more than one position. However, you should only apply for positions that you are prepared to work in, if you are offered the position. If you no longer wish to be considered for a position, please withdraw your application as soon as possible.

Do I need a cover letter?

No, you are not required to submit a cover letter.

How much time do I have to complete my application before the system logs me out?

Your application will be saved each time you click "Continue" and move to the next step. However, if the system is not continually used, it will time out automatically in 60 minutes.

I’ve commenced an application, can I complete it later?

You can also save your application and submit it at a later date

Who is an appropriate referee?

Reference checks are conducted on the preferred applicant(s) prior to any offer of employment. These reference checks seek specific information about current knowledge, skills, competence and experience, claims made by you in relation to the position, recent past performance and professional conduct.

You are required to nominate two referees. At least one of your referees must be a current supervisor or has been your supervisor within the last 12 months.

Referee reports submitted by your two referees will be used for all positions that you apply for during the campaign.Please ensure your referees are aware of the position/s you have applied for and will be available to complete referee checks from the time applications close from the end of August until the end of September. If your referee reports are unable to be obtained within the required time frame your application may be unable to be assessed further.

Can overseas-trained doctors / international medical graduates apply?

Applications for positions are based on merit, in competition against local applicants. Please note that the appointment of an applicant without Australian citizenship or permanent residency is for a specific period of time only, depending on the contract of employment. Employment is not guaranteed beyond the date of the contract offered, notwithstanding the fact that an applicant’s working visa may be for a different period of time subject to visa approval.

Do I need Medical Board Registration?

You are required to obtain or maintain your professional medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia. Your continued appointment is conditional upon you maintaining this registration and having evidence of your registration by way of a certified copy of a current Practicing Certificate issued by the Medical Board of Australia.

How are my personal details used in the application process?

Your personal details and the details you provide in each application are only used for Recruitment process and if successful, information will be placed on your personnel file. It is not used for any other purposes.

Will my overseas qualifications be acceptable for work in Australia?

OTDs whose medical qualifications are from a medical school outside of Australia or New Zealand and who are seeking registration to practice medicine in Australia must provide evidence that they are eligible for one of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA)’s assessment pathways.

For further information see MBA Website

Where in Australia can Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) work?

Most Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) will need to undertake a period of supervised employment in an Area of Need. If you need a Medicare provider number for Medicare billing purposes, you’ll also need to work in a District of Workforce Shortage to access Medicare rebates.

What’s a District of Workforce Shortage (DWS)?

A DWS is an area where the general population’s need for medical services is deemed to be unmet. An area is a DWS if it has less access to medical services than the national average.

How do I know if a vacancy is in a District of Workforce Shortage?

Check with your Australian employer or with the medical recruitment agency advertising the position you’re interested in.

How much will I get paid?

Pay rates for doctors in Australia vary among the various specialties. Your pay will also depend on where you work and what job you’re doing.

You can check with the State and Territory Health Departments for information on pay rates for doctors in the public hospital sector.

How do doctors with New Zealand medical training obtain medical registration in Australia?

The MBA may grant general registration to New Zealand medical graduates following successful completion of an internship. The medical schools in New Zealand are accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

Do all OTDs meet the standards required in Australia?

OTDs (referred to as international medical graduates by the Medical Board of Australia) seeking to practise in Australia must meet the requirements of the registration standards for:

  • Continuing professional development
  • English language skills
  • Recency of practice
  • Professional indemnity insurance arrangements
  • Criminal history
  • Limited registration (if relevant)

The registration standards can be found on the MBA Website.

All OTDs applying for registration must also be in a registration pathway (Standard pathway, Competent Authority pathway, Specialist pathway).

GPs and hospital non-specialist doctors can check the likelihood of getting medical registration in Australia by completing the AMC practice exam online. The practice exam consists of 50 questions and has a 83 minute time limit.

Specialist OTDs may experience difficulties meeting the standards required for specialist practice in Australia, or will require significant periods of advanced training to meet the standards. Specialists will have their qualifications and experience assessed by the relevant Australian/Australasian Specialist Medical College and the outcome of this assessment will determine the specialist OTD's eligibility for registration with the MBA.

An OTD who is found to not be comparable to an Australian trained specialist can apply for the Standard pathway after successfully completing the AMC Computer Adaptive Test Multiple Choice Question (CAT MCQ) Examination.

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