Experience that counts

Milne Migration has been working closely with health organisations and employers in Australia for over 20 years. We have worked with all Australian State Health Authorities, Federal Health bodies, rural workforce agencies and individual employers. In all, we have assisted over 3,500 healthcare professionals to work in Australia.

Many International Medical Graduates (IMG’s) consider Australia as they see it as their destination of choice in the global medical arena. However, if you are a non-resident and do not currently hold professional registration in Australia, you may find it very difficult to cope with the red tape involved in the process.

To complicate matters even further, the processes required for medical consultants (specialists) differs to non-specialist, which differs from nurses and again, the process is very different for allied health professionals. While this can often be both complicated and confusing, rest assured that we have the experience and knowledge to put all the pieces together and ensure the best outcome.

Milne Migration can deal with the various government and medical authorities to assist you through the complex process involved in ensuring you are able to commence to work as a healthcare professional in Australia.

Below are the steps that will see you working living and working in Australia.

Step 1: Secure a position in healthcare

If you are planning to work in Australia as a health professional for an extended period of time, the most common first step is to locate a position. In nearly all cases, you must have an offer of employment before any of the process can begin. This does not always apply to nursing and some allied health professions if you hold recognised qualifications, although it is always a good idea to have employment organised unless you are considering a working holiday.

We also recommend Healthcare Careers as your first step in searching for a position in Australia. If you find a position of interest, we are happy to explore your options for employment visas to Australia.

Secure a job offer in Australia as a healthcare professional
AHPRA and Skills Assessments for healthcare professionals

Step 2: Professional Registration for Healthcare Professionals

Registration procedures differ depending on your profession, experience and qualifications and whether you have been or are applying as a specialist, general practitioner, non-specialist, nurse etc., and to add to the confusion, the pathways keep changing! Milne Migration will guide you through this process and provide you with the relevant information and application forms so you can gain professional registration to work in Australia.

Step 3: Sponsorship and Visa Application

Milne Migration will liaise with your employer in applying for your sponsorship/nomination from the Department of Home Affairs. Prior to this, we will ask you for the details of any additional applicants (immediate family members) that you wish to include on your visa, as their details will also be included in your sponsorship.

Once both your registration and sponsorship applications are underway, you will be able to start the process of applying for your Australian visa. We will provide you with the relevant information and ensure you are assisted throughout this process. You should allow yourself plenty of time to obtain a visa as it can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks for formalities to be completed. Further information can be obtained directly from the Department of Home Affairs website.

Managing your visa application for healthcare professionals and their families
Arriving in Australia as a healthcare professional

Step 4: Arriving in Australia

During the entire process from job offer to arriving in Australia, Milne Migration will work closely with you and the facility to ensure that you arrive within the required time frame. We can provide you with information that will help you prepare for your arrival in Australia in relation to tax numbers, banking, health insurance, rental accommodation etc.

How long does it take?

Depending on your profession, speciality and the pathway for assessment, the process to work in Australia can take between 8 weeks and 18 months. For an assessment of what the requirements will be for your particular case, please contact us.

Looking for a position?

Milne Migration has been working with healthcare employers for more than 20 years and can secure the right position for you; facilitating your visa and move to Australia. If you are looking for a position in Australia as a medical practitioner, we are here to help you.

We also recommend Healthcare Careers as your first step in searching for a position in Australia. If you find a position of interest, we are happy to explore your options for employment visas to Australia.