Finding a job
There are many sources of employment information for Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) in Australia. Here are some suggestions and contact information, although this list is by no means exhaustive.
Please note that all overseas trained doctors are subject to Medicare Provider number restrictions. Refer to 19AB and 19AA information.
Rural Workforce Agencies (RWAs)RWAs’ main focus is recruitment and retention of general practitioners (family physicians) in rural and remote areas of Australia. If you’re interested in working as a rural general practitioner, contact a Rural Workforce Agency who will guide you through each of the processes.
Northern TerrritoryNorthern Territory Primary Health Network
New South WalesNew South Wales Rural Doctors Network
QueenslandHealth Workforce Queensland
VictoriaRural Workforce Agency Victoria
South AustraliaRural Doctors Workforce Agency
Telephone +61 8 8234 8277 (International) or 08 8234 8277 (in Australia)
Western AustraliaRural Health West
Telephone: +61 8 6389 4500
NationalRural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA)
RHWA is the national body for the Rural Workforce Agencies.
Medical recruitment agenciesMedical recruitment agencies work on behalf of both private and public employers. They actively seek appropriately qualified medical practitioners, including OTDs, to fill positions all over Australia. Most recruitment agencies will also list employment opportunities on their websites.
Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Australia & New Zealand
The RCSA is the leading industry and professional body for the recruitment and the human resources services sector in Australia and New Zealand. It represents over 3,800 company and individual Members.
The RCSA sets the benchmark for industry standards through representation, education, research and business advisory support.
RCSA includes the Association of Medical Recruiters Australia & New Zealand (AMRANZ).
State and Territory Governments – hospital vacancies
- Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
- South Australia
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
Online medical journalsMedical Journal of Australia (MJA)
The MJA is an online journal produced by the Australian Medical Association. Its JobSearch feature, which allows you to search for positions in all medical fields, is powered by seek.com.au.
Medical Observer is a daily news source providing general practitioners (family physicians), prescribing specialists and senior medical officers the latest industry trends and news updates. Its jobs feature allows you to search for positions in all medical fields, is powered by MedicalJobs.com.au.
Australian Doctor is a daily news source for general practitioners and prescribing specialist also offering CDP Education courses and industry conferences to attend. Its jobs sections, allows you to search for positions in all medical fields is powered by powered by MedicalJobs.com.au.
Jobsites for specialistsNot all Australian/Australasian Specialist Medical Colleges list vacancies on their websites. Some Colleges have vacant positions available for viewing by College members only.
The following Specialist Medical College websites have vacancy listings available to non-members:
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
- The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
- The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
- The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
- Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
- The Australasian College of Dermatologists
- College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners