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Doctors on 457 visas

How to apply for GP training with a 457 temporary residence visa

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We welcome doctors from overseas who have completed their medical degrees in Australia or New Zealand and want to practise as GPs in Australia.

We want to make the process for becoming a GP as simple as possible.

I’ve seen over the last 20-plus years in this job that the acceptance of people into rural communities has grown enormously. Most people, I think, find communities really welcoming. Dr John Buckley, GP and Director of Medical Education at GPTQ

Applying for GP training

Like other applicants, you apply for training through the college where you intend to complete your GP fellowship. However, applicants on 457 temporary resident visas need to include letters of support from their preferred training providers. A letter of support does not guarantee you a place with GPTQ. The letter only supports the application process, so you’ll still need to go through the normal competitive selection process. GPTQ does not recognise letters of support from other training providers.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest from applicants on 457 visas closed on on Monday 1 May 2017.

Eligibility for Letter of Support

You may be eligible for GP training with GPTQ if you meet the following criteria:

  • You’re an Australian medical graduate and can demonstrate that you intend to become a permanent resident or citizen of Australia or New Zealand.
  • You nominate South Eastern Queensland – General Practice Training Queensland as your first preference Geographic Training Region.
  • You preference the Rural Pathway.
  • You will have completed, by Monday 22 January 2018, a minimum of 52 weeks (full-time equivalent) experience in appropriate hospitals after achieving full medical registration with AHPRA.
  • You have completed all required terms for ACRRM and/or RACGP to allow for successful application of recognition of prior learning, effectively making you eligible to commence ACRRM Primary Rural and Remote Training and/or RACGP General Practice terms on Monday 22 January 2018.

Visit AGPT’s 457 Visa Holder Eligibility Requirements for more information.

Obtaining a letter of support from GPTQ

This year we only provided letters of support to 457 visa holder applicants who were agreeable to these conditions:

  • You will be placed outside of GPTQ’s usual 1st year GP placement process and will remain at a GPTQ-nominated Darling Downs and West Moreton Zone 1 practice for a minimum of 12 months (full-time equivalent).
  • If you have not achieved permanent Australian residency by the end of the initial 12 month term, you will remain at the nominated Darling Downs and West Moreton Zone 1 practice for longer, or may be relocated to a second GPTQ-nominated training practice to meet college requirements.
  • You will remain in Darling Downs and West Moreton Zone 1 for the entirety of the AGPT program.
  • You are not eligible to transfer to another regional training organisation or to change your training pathway during the entirety of the program.
  • Registrars who have not achieved permanent Australian residency at completion of training time will exit the AGPT program without completion and without college fellowship.

Queensland Health Rural Generalists

In addition to the requirements and conditions outlined above, applicants on 457 temporary visas who are Rural Generalists should note:

  • Registrars who negotiate an ACRRM Primary Rural Remote Training (PRRT) and/or a RACGP General Practice Training (GPT) placement within the Queensland Health Rural Generalist Pathway program may not be able to do a concurrent general practice placement within the same community should permanent residency not be achieved prior to this placement occurring.
  • Registrars whose PRRT/GPT placement is not endorsed by the Queensland Health Rural Generalist Pathway program and who still hold 457 visa requirements will not be able to proceed through the Australian Government funded AGPT program.​

Explainer video: How to apply for GP training with a 457 visa