Living & working in Australia

Working in Australia can be exciting, challenging and a wonderful opportunity to combine lifestyle with career choice

We provide our local and international candidates with every possible support at each step of the way. Having worked in Australia and overseas, our experienced consultants have the specialist knowledge and work closely with you to help you develop your career and lifestyle.

Opportunities are available for doctors of all grades and specialties in metropolitan and rural locations. So whether you wish to experience the coastal towns of Queensland, just a stone’s throw from the Great Barrier Reef, nestled amongst a vast array of vineyards and rolling scenery, or the metropolitan buzz of urban living in all the major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth, we have the role for you.

With hundreds of new doctor jobs available every day, let us help you make the professional career decisions that could change the way you live your life.

By joining Global Medics Australia you will enjoy the following benefits.

  • Specialist service - your dedicated consultant backed by a dedicated recruitment team of experienced Healthcare Professionals to support you
  • Flexible contract options with a variety of locations and job roles
  • Twice weekly payroll - we make sure that you get paid on time at your convenience
  • Competitive market rates PLUS additional benefits
  • Locum salary packaging options to further increase take-home pay
  • Hassle free - we will coordinate interviews, negotiate contracts and assist with registration and visa needs when necessary
  • Arrive on time - all travel and accommodation arranged by us based on your needs
  • Dedicated Compliance Consultant
  • 24/7 On-Call service – you can contact us anytime, any day
  • Streamline job searches with tailored roles to suit your situation
  • Priority placements putting you in front of hiring managers faster
  • Opportunity to earn up to $750 Refer a friend bonus

Professional Registration

To be eligible to work in Australia a medical professional must: 

  • Hold a Bachelor qualification in a relevant area of study
  • Hold registration and/or membership with the appropriate regulatory body. The main regulatory authority for most health professionals in Australia is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). Full registration or in principle approval for registration is required.
  • Have a current work visa or be eligible for a visa with the Department of Home Affairs

Your Global Medics consultant will be able to guide you through the necessary steps required to relocate and commence work.

Understandably the process and paperwork can look rather daunting at first, but Global Medics have a dedicated Compliance and Administration team in Australia and the UK to assist you.

Our team of specialised recruitment consultants can advise you on the best opportunities, hospitals and locations to enable a smooth pathway to achieve your dream of living and working in Australia. Many of the team have made the move themselves and will appreciate any questions you may have. Please contact us with any queries.

Visa Requirements

The Australian Federal Government, through the Department of Home Affairs provides information relating to Immigration and Citizenship -

There are several visa options depending your situation, experience, qualifications, and how long you are looking to stay in Australia. The following are the most common visas to allow overseas professionals to work in Australian hospitals or medical organisations. It is important to check your eligibility requirements to see what options are best.


Australian tax is complex and, at first glance may seem high. It should be pointed out there are significant deductions available for most professionals, so taxation rates should be viewed with this in mind. A good accountant is essential around tax time. The end of tax year is 30 June.

For further advice, please refer to the Australian Taxation Office.

Are you an Australian resident for tax purposes or a working holiday maker?

Generally, you are considered to be an Australian resident for tax purposes if you:

  • have always lived in Australia or you have come to Australia and now live here permanently
  • are an overseas student doing a course that takes more than six months to complete
  • migrate to Australia and intend to reside here permanently.

If you go overseas temporarily and don’t set up a permanent home in another country, you may continue to be treated as an Australian resident for tax purposes.

If you are in Australia on a working holiday visa (subclass 417) or a work and holiday visa (subclass 462) you need to declare that you are a working holiday maker when completing Tax File Declaration Forms for your employer. Special rates of tax apply for working holiday makers.

COVID-19 Travel Updates

For updates and information on travel in Australia please visit the government websites:

Department of Home Affairs | COVID-19 and the Border

Department of Health | COVID-19 Restrictions 
(includes domestic travel restrictions and remote area access information)

I recently moved to New Zealand from South Africa and I commend Lucy Bellette from Global Medics on her excellent and professional service. Despite moving in the time of a pandemic my experience has been nothing short of amazing. I was greeted and welcomed by Lucy on arrival and guided through all we needed to embark on to start our journey in Auckland. I would strongly recommend Global Medics to help doctors that are looking to move to New Zealand.

Dr Keshika, Consultant Psychiatrist

Tom has been managing my locum work over the past year. He has been excellent at getting me regular and varied work throughout NZ. He responds to any issues promptly and has my best interests at heart. His understanding of the ENT locum landscape is second to none. I highly recommend him and hope he continues to maintain his high standards.

Dr Sahr, Consultant ENT Surgeon

My experience with Global Medics has been nothing short of spectacular. I've been working closely with Bianca Lam throughout various locum positions I have filled over the past 6 months and have felt extremely supported every step of the way. I have recommended Global Medics to many of my colleagues and will continue to do so. Simply the friendliest team with utmost professionalism.

Omar, Gastroenterologist

Global Medics has been a very supportive locum agency, providing Canberra Hospital with experienced doctors.  Canberra Health Service have stricter policies for locums than other health services, Global Medics always provide what is required and promptly. 

Carylann, Canberra Health Service

I would like to thank you for all you have done to help me, and my family enjoy the challenges of the locum work. Your commitment to work and looking after your clients is impressive.

Dr Ali, Medical Registrar

Thanks, Chris, for all your hard work. I was chatting to some of the other Locums last week in Wagga and we were all very impressed by your efforts in helping us arrange work.

Dr Davies, Consultant Anaesthetist

The Global Medics team have been superb to work with. They try very hard to ensure I not only have to work but that the work is right for me. They make all the processes for finding work and travelling to and from jobs very straightforward. They always keep my interests at the forefront of what they do. Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

Chidi, Medical Registrar

Well done Teams at the Global Medics! Greatly appreciate the dedication and the services provided to us.

Benedict, General Physician