DoctorConnect provides information to international medical graduates and their employers. It aims to help international medical graduates understand the steps required to work as a doctor in Australia, where they can work and restrictions on billing patients under Medicare.

The Visas for GPS program ends on 16 September. From this date, International Medical Graduates (IMGs) looking to work in Australian primary care do not need to submit a Health Workforce Certificate (HWC) as a part of their visa application.

HR Plus will accept applications for a HWC until 5 September, and 13 September 2023 for HWC Exemptions. For more information, please contact HR Plus (

Learn how to work as a doctor in Australia

Discover what you need to do before you can get a job, where you can work and what services you can charge for.

Search the Health Workforce Locator

Find out what areas of Australia need more doctors by searching the Health Workforce Locator.

Get help with finding a job

Learn how to find, secure and start a job as a doctor in Australia.

Learn about Medicare and billing restrictions

Find out how Australia’s health system works, what Medicare is and what restrictions there are on billing patients.

Health Workforce Locator

Use our workforce locator map to check the geographical classification of any location in Australia. The map can tell you if a location is classified as city, rural or remote. It identifies areas that need more doctors.

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Distribution Priority Area (DPA) update

Changes to the Distribution Priority Area (DPA) classification apply from 1 January 2022.

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International medical graduates

Learn what you need to do to work in Australia, where you can work and what restrictions there are on billing patients.

Employers of international medical graduates

Discover how you can sponsor, hire and support an international medical graduate.

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FNHFTAG communique – 28 June 2024

The First Nations Health Funding Transition Advisory Group met on 28 June 2024. This document provides a record of the meeting.
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