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.
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.
Who is eligible
This program is an opportunity for health professionals who:
- are Australian citizens or residents, or international candidates who have secured a job with a Victorian health service
- can access Australian registration for their profession
- can obtain an appropriate visa and a COVID-19 border exemption, if required
- are fully vaccinated for COVID-19
- can be ready to travel to Australia before the end of March 2022.
Who is not eligible for the International Travel Allowance?
The wider focus of the Allowance is on Victorian public health services to restore these services to full operational capacity following the impact of the COVID pandemic.
The following workers/arrangements are not eligible for the Allowance:
- Workers who are not direct employees of health services.
- Health services’ casual bank staff.
- Workers in administrative, office management, communication, clerical, research and other functions that are not patient-facing.
- Workers that are employed through third party agencies or who are otherwise not directly employed.
- Discussions should occur as part of the recruitment process regarding eligibility.
- The Allowance will be provided to new employees by their health service in accordance with existing health service payroll processes, whether those be monthly or fortnightly.
- Health services are required to identify these payments within their systems. Some services may require workers or managers to complete documentation to claim for this Allowance.
Yes. You will need proof of vaccination for COVID-19. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has provided advice on a range COVID-19 vaccines that are considered valid in Australia.
COVID-19 vaccines that are currently registered and available for use in Australia are:
- Comirnaty (Pfizer) – registered for use in people aged 12 years or over
- mRNA-1273, by Moderna
- COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca – registered for use in people aged 18 years or over.
If you are an Australian citizen who is returning home you do not require an additional visa.
If you are an international resident you will need to apply for a visa once you have secured employment with a Victorian public health service. In order to access travel support through this program, your occupation must be listed on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List.
Currently, for health professionals, this includes the following professions:
- Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
- Hospital Pharmacist (251511)*
- Industrial Pharmacist (251512)*
- Retail Pharmacist (251513)*
- Orthotist or Prosthetist (251912)
- General Practitioner (253111)
- Resident Medical Officer (253112)
- Psychiatrist (253411)
- Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
- Midwife (254111)
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
- Registered Nurses nec (254499)
- Social Worker (272511)
For most healthcare professionals, working in Australia requires registration under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. This is to ensure the community has access to a safe healthcare workforce and receive high-quality healthcare services.
Please refer to the relevant National Board websites to see your eligibility for registration.
Australia’s borders are currently closed and entry to Australia is restricted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is currently only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.
Immediate family members are eligible to travel under this scheme with the health care worker if they are Australian citizens, or if they qualify for an appropriate visa.
This scheme is available for health care professionals who are able to travel between now and March 2022.
Your employment arrangements should commence following completion of any quarantine requirements and your subsequent community relocation into Victoria.
Relocating across countries can be an expensive business. By using this pathway you will receive assistance to book flights at the most reasonably available fares, and travel at a time that suits you best. You will also need to pay for your health professional registration, visas and other quarantine expenses.
Some employers have local programs to assist international candidates with expenses and other relocation needs.
In recognition of some of these costs, you may be eligible for a one-off payment of $2,000 AUD to health care professionals who work for one of our services. These funds will be transferred to the worker by the employer according to their individual agreements. Please speak to your employing health service about this.
As is usually the case in Victoria, health services will continue to be responsible for recruiting and on-boarding their own incoming employees.
There are several ways you can find relevant employment at a public health service in Victoria:
- Contact a health service that interests you directly - this lists different hospitals across the state that may be of interest to you.
- Explore local employment websites such as seek.com.au.
- For rural and regional roles consider .
- Employment may also be found using:
Once you have confirmed a role in a Victorian public health service, they will work with our team to support your entry into Victoria.
Health service recruitment sites for international health professionals
Job websites are available for individual health services.
Metropolitan health services
Regional health services
Bush nursing hospitals
For more information
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