Work locations


Where can I work in general practice?


There are a number of new changes that affect where Specialist international doctors moving to Australia can work. These changes have been implemented by the Australian Government to improve access to primary healthcare services to communities where there is a genuine need. These areas are generally outside metropolitan regions in Australia (or MMM1 areas).

To understand how these changes may apply to you and where you can work in Australia, please refer to the relevant government websites listed below. The table below provides a guide only and it is recommended that you contact the relevant Government agency website for detailed information about the following workforce requirements.

For information about:

  • Visas for GPs program and Health Workforce Certificates (HWC) visit the Department of Home Affairs
  • Modified Monash Model (MMM) and Distribution Priority Areas (DPA) visit the Department of Health
  • GP Catchment Areas refer to Department of Health
 

Substantially Comparable

Partially Comparable

Country of specialist training

New Zealand applicants only

All other countries

All other countries

Modified Monash Model (MMM) area requirements

MMM 1 – 7

MMM 1 – 7

MMM 2 – 7

Distribution Priority Area restrictions apply

No

Yes

Yes

Health Workforce Certificate (HWC) requirements apply

No

Health Workforce Certificate is not required for Special Category Visa applications for doctors from New Zealand.

Yes

Health Workforce Certificates are required for the following visas:

Subclass 482

Subclass 186

Subclass 187

And for the following occupations:

  • General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111);
  • Resident Medical Officer (ANZSCO 253112); and
  • Medical Practitioner not elsewhere classified (ANZSCO 253999)

 Yes

Health Workforce Certificates are required for the following visas:

Subclass 482

Subclass 186

Subclass 187

And for the following occupations:

  • General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111);
  • Resident Medical Officer (ANZSCO 253112); and
  • Medical Practitioner not elsewhere classified (ANZSCO 253999)

PEP Priority GP catchment area requirements

PEP Priority GP catchment areas are required if working in MMM1

PEP Priority GP catchment areas in MMM1 are required (if 19AB and DPA requirements are met)

PEP Priority GP catchment areas in MMM1 are not available

* This excludes those who were not a citizen or permanent resident of NZ when they first enrolled in medical school. These candidates are still subject to section 19AB and must work in a DPA.
Information about PEP Priority GP catchment areas are still pending from the Department of Health when the PEP Specialist Stream opened on 1 September 2019. The RACGP will endeavour to update information when it becomes available.