Department of Health

Support for international healthcare professionals

The Victorian Department of Health is continuing to support health professionals who are currently located overseas and are seeking to work in health services across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

This includes Australian healthcare professionals returning to Australia, and those wishing to work in Australia for the first time.

Available support

The Department of Health supports international and returning Australian healthcare workers who have secured a role in Victorian health services to have a clear and supported pathway into the state.

Once healthcare workers have secured a position in the Victorian health service, the department can:

  • support applications to obtain registration to practice
  • support applications for relevant visas and border exemptions
  • help healthcare workers and their immediate family plan travel to Australia and meet quarantine and other requirements.

International travel allowance

From 1 November 2021 until 31 March 2022, the first 1,000 workers who arrive and commence employment with a Victorian health service are eligible for the International Travel Allowance – a relocation payment of up to $2,000.

For more information

To find out more about Victoria’s healthcare services, how to apply, or seek support in relocating email

Why work in Victoria

Victoria is known for its amazing climate, lifestyle and employment opportunities. This is an opportunity to work in our world class public health system and make a difference to the health of the 6.7 million people who live in Victoria.

Victoria has over 300 hospitals and health services in rural, regional, and metro areas. They range from large public and private hospitals, to smaller specialist mother and child, rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals. Health professionals working in our public health sector can further develop their careers by accessing ongoing education and high-quality, innovative training and development opportunities.

A range of exciting opportunities exist for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working across our excellent facilities, with committed multidisciplinary teams across the state.

Reviewed 02 December 2021


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