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Working in Australia
The Country

Australia is a natural wonderland of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, amazing ancient rock formations and pristine rainforests. It is the sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometre. It is made up of six states and two territories.

Healthcare Workers Shortage

There is currently a shortage of nurses and doctors in Australia, particularly in regional areas. This means they are in high demand, with opportunities for permanent and temporary work available across the country.

General practitioners or specialists can apply for a visa to work in Australia if they have obtained their primary medical qualification in a country other than Australia or if they gained their medical qualifications in Australia but are not an Australian permanent resident.

Visa Information

If you want to live and work in Australia, you will need to apply for a visa first. The type of visa you apply for will depend on your skills, experience and current circumstances.

There are several options available, including:
  • Skilled - Independent (migrant) Visas
  • Partner Visas
  • Business Visas
  • Permanent and Provisional Visas
  • Employer-Sponsored Visas
  • Family Migration Visas
  • Special Activity Visas
  • Working Holiday Visas

As visa information and conditions do change at times and the Skilled Migrant List, which includes professions that have a shortage of workers in Australia, is regularly updated, you will find out more by visiting:
www.immi.gov.au or www.workingin-australia.com or:

General enquiries: 131 881
General skilled migration enquiries: 1300 364 613
Australian Citizenship: 131 880
Employers' Immigration Hotline: 1800 040 070

Note: These numbers are only available if you are calling from Australia. For enquiries outside Australia, visit

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