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Visas for GPs targeting areas of doctor shortages program guidelines

These guidelines provide information about the Visas for GPs initiative for agencies, applicants and rural workforce agencies.

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Publication date: 
28 June 2019
Last updated: 
20 November 2019
Publication type: 
Intended audience: 
Health professionals

The Visas for GPs initiative aims to reduce the number of overseas trained doctors entering the primary health care workforce in well-serviced major capital cities.  It redirects overseas trained doctors from areas of surplus services (i.e. major metropolitan centres) to areas where they are most needed

The guidelines include information on:

  • How will it work in practice
  • Process for certification.
  • RWA position assessments
  • Standard words and documentation
  • Review of decisions
  • Service standards
  • Agency responsibilities