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Changes in the process of hiring overseas trained doctors and General Practitioners

Sep 23, 2023 | AUS | 0 comments

Australia has a great need for health practitioners across all estates, from nurses and paramedics to qualified and experienced doctors. This need is felt particularly in the regional areas. 

The Federal Government is making efforts to attract overseas health practitioners to these areas. 

Part of this effort is the changes to the way visas for overseas trained doctors are processed and the requirements.

The Department of Home Affairs has recently announced the closure of the GPs visa program on the 16th of September 2023. This automatically removes the requirement for those seeking to employ International Medical Graduates (IMG) to apply for a Health Workforce Certificate as part of the nomination application for this position. 

This will make the employment process for IMG and GP’s more streamlined. 


The first step for IMG and GP’s seeking to migrate to Australia is to be assessed by the Australian Medical Council and the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS).

These authorities will assess the relevant qualification for the aspirants to ensure they would meet the Australian standards for the medical sector. 

Visas available for IMG and GP’s 

Temporary VisasPermanent Visas
407 – Training visa (subclass 407186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
482 – Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) – Medium Term Stream189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) – Points-Tested
494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) – Employer sponsored stream190 – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)
491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) State or Territory nominated
491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored

Please contact us for more information about pathways and solutions for overseas workers in the Health Sector and we will readily help you.