From overseas to Australia – our tips to make the move

A short guide for big success

Considering Australia’s diverse population and landscapes, strong economy and high quality of life, it’s no wonder it’s a popular choice for immigration.

Moving to Australia as a qualified doctor involves quite a few steps and can seem like a daunting process.

We have put together our advice covering the essential steps, which will hopefully provide some clarity and guidance in making your move.


  • Register and gain approval

The registration and verification process involves a few steps, thatdepend on which pathway you choose to gain medical registration. For information on all four pathways, head over here.

The standard pathway includes getting your qualifications verified by the Australian Medical Council (AMC), followed by an examination which aims to assess your clinical skills, knowledge and any other professional attributes.

It is also necessary to obtain approval from the Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This step can take up to 8 weeks to be finalised, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time for it to be approved! Click here for more information on being APHRA-registered.


  • Organise your insurance

All APHRA-registered medical professionals must obtain their professional indemnity insurance (PII) aligned with their relevant registration standard in order to legally practice. We recommend speaking with a professional who will be able to compare your options and advise on the best cover for you.

Wavelength has partnered with Experien, a national team of insurance brokers and financial planners, offering all Wavelength doctors indemnity advice and a 25% discount on new indemnity policies.

As well as indemnity insurance, health insurance is also necessary. Bupa, Australia’s most dependable health insurer, has also partnered with Wavelength, offering a 10% discount on Bupa’s Working Visitors Cover for all Wavelength visiting doctors.


  • Apply for a visa

Aside from requiring APHRA registration in order to work in Australia, you will also need to hold a valid visa. In some cases, a health workforce certificate is also required prior to having a visa granted.

Thankfully, Wavelength has a dedicated Regulatory & Migration team, who will be able to find the best pathway and provide professional advice for you to start your job as soon as possible.


  • Register with the relevant medical college

Registering with the medical college or society relevant to your speciality is a great way to stay up to date with all industry insights, news, events, newsletters, publications, and any other content that may be relevant to you and your speciality.


  • Prepare for the Australian life

You may be moving to Australia to work, but that also involves living in Australia and adapting to the lifestyle. To make your transition as smooth as possible, we recommend familiarising yourself with the local culture, lingo, traditions, habits, and landscapes, allowing you to settle in quickly and easily.


Here at Wavelength, we are always prepared to work around your career goals and personal aspirations.

If you are interested in a career with Wavelength, browse our jobs here, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated recruiters and Regulatory & Migration team for further information and a confidential discussion.

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