Why is Now the Right Time Move Down Under?
There is no better time for Kiwi doctors to move Australia! With vaccination rates rising and borders reopening, movement across the ditch is becoming easier.
Australia’s national shortage of GPs means there is plenty of work available. Similar healthcare systems and regulatory requirements, place Kiwi doctors at an advantage for these positions over other non-Aussie GPs.
Moving to Australia will give you the opportunity to explore a different way of life, experience a slightly different healthcare system and further your professional development, all while staying close to home!
Australian and New Zealand medical qualifications are interchangeable and are mutually recognised. So provided you meet the requirements, registering with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is quite simple. Assisting with the paperwork and applying for registration is a key part of what Health Developments Corporation does. On average, the registration process takes 6 – 8 weeks.
NZ fellowship qualification is called Fellowship of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and abbreviated FRNZCGP. This specialist registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand will allow the General Practitioner to work in Australia and this specialist qualification is comparable to the Australian fellowship called FRACGP (Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners).
GPs who have received their primary medical degree in New Zealand and have FRNZGP can work in Australia with no moratorium under 19AB restrictions. However, GPs who live and work in New Zealand and have FRNZCGP, but their primary medical degree is not from New Zealand are subject to a 10-year moratorium under section 19AB. Australia and New Zealand have a reciprocal agreement for doctors.
As a New Zealand Citizen, you will automatically be granted a Special Category Visa (SCV) by the Australian Government. A SCV allows kiwis to live and work Down Under for as long as they please, meaning you never have to leave! Better yet, there is no paperwork involved as you will automatically be granted a digital SCV upon entry into Australia.
Something else to consider is the moving process itself. For accommodation, you may like to find something short term while your settle in and find an area suitable to your lifestyle before buying or renting any Australian real estate. Professional moving companies can help with moving your beloved items from door to door. Financially, you will need to set up an Australian bank account as well as register with a foreign exchange/money transfer provider, who often have better exchange rates than the bank.