New requirements for employers sponsoring a visa applicant to work in Australia

March 11, 2019 11:34 am Published by

New requirements for employers sponsoring overseas doctors to work in Australia commenced on 11 March 2019. All employers nominating a position that will be filled by a doctor who needs a visa to work in the following Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) will be required to obtain certification (a Health Workforce Certificate) from a Rural Workforce Agency (RWA). A Health Workforce Certificate is a letter issued by a RWA confirming the genuine need to fill a primary healthcare position at a given location in Australia by an overseas doctor in the following three occupations;


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


Employers will be required to attach the Health Workforce Certificate to their nomination application for one of the following employer sponsored visas:


  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS, subclass 482) visa
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS, subclass 186) visa; and
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS, subclass 187) visa.


Visas for GPs 2 A current Health Workforce Certificate must be provided as part of an employer sponsored visa nomination application for these occupations. Without the Certificate the nomination cannot be approved and the related visa cannot be granted. Other medical occupations, for example non-GP specialists, will not require a Health Workforce Certificate.


Impact on Overseas-trained doctors


The Visas for GPs initiative:

  • Includes overseas doctors applying from both within and outside Australia, looking to work as skilled migrants in Australia and as holders of a temporary work or permanent residence skilled visa.
  • Only impact the number of OTDs in well-serviced metropolitan locations and in capital cities.
  • Limit OTDs’ options for obtaining an employer-sponsored visa to positions located in rural, remote and regional areas with an expedited Health Workforce Certificate.
  • Will not affect an OTD’s eligibility to obtain a visa to enter Australia. The measure only reduces employers’ options to recruit OTDs for filling a position in well-serviced major capital cities and metropolitan areas.
  • Not impact the number of OTDs working in hospital-based positions as these positions will be automatically issued a Health Workforce Certificate.
  • Not prevent currently practising doctors, including OTDs from continuing to work in their current role. OTDs will be issued an expedited Health Workforce Certificate to continue to work in their current position, in the same location and with the same employer.
  • Will not prevent overseas students graduating from Australian medical schools from seeking work in Australia. They will be issued an expedited Health Workforce Certificate and will also benefit from an increased availability of specialist training places.
  • Will not affect other medical occupations. For example non-GP specialists, will not require a Health Workforce Certificate.

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