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


Effective 16 December 2020

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

- Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482)
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (subclass 494)

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. A separate multiple use HWEC is required to nominate overseas doctors for each of the three occupations:

- 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. Online application forms for a HWEC are available under the Quick Links section above, we will issue Health Workforce Exemption Certificates as quickly as possible after the 16th December. While we strive to maintain service standards in our response times, there may be some delay due to the volume of HWEC applications initially.

A single use Health Workforce Certificate is still required by hospital employers when nominating up to 4 overseas doctors for the permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visas. Hospital employers can continue to apply for a Health Workforce Certificate using the same application form on the Visas for GPs website.