New visa issues likely from Monday 25th February

There is going to be a new requirement for work visas for GPs. Our understanding is that this is going to be introduced from Monday 25th February. (Having said that, the government agency dealing with the applications for certificates say that they know nothing about this new scheme…..  So, the start date may well be delayed)
On a first reading of the notes about the process:
  • Sponsors for GPs from Monday 25th February will require a “Health Workforce Certificate”, as part of the visa application process
  • The stated aims of introducing this new requirement is to
    • “impact the number of overseas trained GPs in well- serviced metropolitan locations and in capital cities” and
    • “Limit overseas-trained GPs  …. to employer-sponsored visas for positions located in rural, remote and regional areas with an expedited Health Workforce Certificate”
  • Our understanding is that sponsorship applications submitted before the 25th February will not need to include this certificate

We don’t know yet how much of an issue this will be for those GPs looking to work in suburban areas. We’ll publish more information when we get it

I recently moved to Perth in Western Australia to start work as a General Practitioner. It was a daunting prospect initially, when searching for suitable posts, especially without having been to Australia before. The formal registration process appeared challenging and time-consuming to start with. However, during the process, I found Monique and Paul to be very supportive, providing reliable and accurate information when needed. I would highly recommend using their valuable insight to those contemplating the move in the near future.
Dr Arya