Visas for GPs is an initiative of the Australian Government administered by the Consortium of Rural Workforce Agencies

Employing an Overseas Trained Doctor?

The Visas for GPs initiative will direct overseas trained doctors into areas in need of primary healthcare medical practitioners. The objective of the initiative is to redirect overseas trained doctors from areas that are well serviced, to areas that have lower access to services such as rural, remote and regional areas of Australia.

This initiative applies to the following Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations codes and visas:

Occupation Codes
  • 253111 General Medical Practitioner
  • 253112 Resident Medical Officer
  • 253999 Medical Practitioner not elsewhere classified
Visas
  • Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage
  • Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)
  • Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme
  • Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

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Hospital Employers

Health Workforce Exemption Certificate

From 16 December 2020, a Health Workforce Exemption Certificate (HWEC) will be required by hospital employers when nominating overseas doctors for temporary residency for one of the following ES visas:

  • Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage
  • Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)

A HWEC is valid for 12 months and can be used repeatedly within the 12 month validity period to nominate all overseas doctors for these temporary and provisional employer sponsored visas. For each occupation category below, a separate HWEC application is required for each of the following:

  • 253111 General Medical Practitioner
  • 253112 Resident Medical Officer
  • 253999 Medical Practitioner not elsewhere classified

Any nominations submitted to the Department of Home Affairs for either of the visa subclasses identified above after 16 December 2020 will require a HWEC.

Health Workforce Exemption Certificate Application


Health Workforce Certificate

A single use Health Workforce Certificate is still required by hospital employers when nominating doctors for permanent residency for the permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) for one of the following ES visas:

  • Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme
  • Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Health Workforce Certificate Application