Living and Working In Australia
Australia is a country that offers unique and diverse opportunities. Thanks to its varied landscape ranging from stunning beaches, tropical rainforests, cosmopolitan cities or idyllic countryside, there is something for everyone.
The high standard of living is down to the thriving economy, high employment rates, well-structured health care system, low pollution levels and a modern and efficient infrastructure.
Australia has an extremely multicultural society. With a population that has been formed from all parts of the world.
When considering working in Australia there are a few factors to take into account. Julie Warner Health are happy to advise on any aspects of living and working in Australia. We have provided a small guide with a few helpful links, aimed towards working in the Australian medical sector.
Australia is consistently one of the highest rated countries in the world when it comes to living standards and working conditions. Partly down to the fantastic weather conditions we experience all year round and the diversity in lifestyle.
The Australian Healthcare System
Almost 70% of total health expenditure in Australia is funded by the government. The Australian Government contributes two-thirds of this and State, Territory and Local governments contribute the other third. [Australian Government Department of Health]
Medicare is Australia’s health care system. Medicare ensures that all Australians have access to free or low-cost medical, optometrical and hospital care while being free to choose private health services and in special circumstances allied health services. [Australian Government Department of Health]
Medicare provides access to:
- Free treatment as a public (Medicare) patient in a public hospital
- Free or subsidised treatment by practitioners such as doctors, including specialists, participating optometrists or dentists (specified services only).
- Medicare covers all permanent residents and Australian citizens. Temporary residents and foreign diplomats and their dependants are excluded.
The Australian Government provides a subsidy (of approximately 30%) to individuals who purchase private health insurance. Nearly half the population is insured for hospital and/or ancillary benefits.
Doctors in private practice are largely free to determine the number of rebateable services they provide and the fees they charge to patients.
Private health insurance
Private health insurance can cover:
- private and public hospital charges (public hospitals only charge patients who elect to be private patients in order to be treated by the doctors of their choice)
- a portion of medical fees for inpatient services
- allied health/paramedical services (such as physiotherapists’ and podiatrists’ services)
- Some aids and appliances (such as spectacles).
Private health insurance does not usually cover medical fees for general practice services. [Australian Government Department of Health]
More information on the Australian healthcare system can be found at: www.doctorconnect.gov.au
It’s important to allow plenty of time if you have not already obtained your medical registration in Australia. The times can vary depending on the position.
- SHO and Registrars – Allow at least 4 months
- Consultants and General Practitioners – Allow at least 6-8 months after gaining a letter of offer as there are several steps involved in this process.
The registration process will involve applications to:
- Australian Medical Council (AMC)
- The appropriate Specialist College
- The Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)/ Medical Board of Australia (MBA)
Please get in touch with one of our consultants for guidance on this process, you may also find the following sites helpful:
www.amc.org.au Australian Medical Council
www.medicalboard.gov.au Medical Board of Australia
www.ahpra.gov.au Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency
- Sonographers – Allow up to 16 weeks, for more information on the registration process, get in touch with one of our team members or visit:
www.air.asn.au Australian Institute of Radiography
www.asar.com.au Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry
www.a-s-a.com.au Australasian Sonographers Association
- Radiographers– Allow up to 16 weeks, for more registration please get in touch or visit: www.air.asn.auPlease note all Diagnostic Radiographers/Medical Imaging Technologists and Radiation Therapists need to be registered or licensed in the different States of Australia to work, this is separate to the AIR accreditation process. Applicants should contact the relevant State and Territory regulating authority to enquire about the registration and/or licensing requirements.
All overseas without English as their first language are usually required to sit an examination with the international English language testing system (IELTS)
For more information on the IELTS examinations please visit: www.ielts.org
We recommended applying for a Subclass 457 Visa, this is a temporary work (skilled) visa which allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years.
Australian Government: Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection: www.border.gov.au