Migrate to Australia as a General Medical Practictioner

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General Medical Practitioner Skills Assessment

  • Are you a qualified and experienced GP?
  • Under the age of 45?
  • Fluent in English and in good health?


Then you could make your dream of living and working in Australia a reality! Continue reading to find out:


  • The criteria to meet to immigrate to Australia
  • What Australia expects of you
  • The immigration process to follow.


Is your occupation on a skills shortage list?


Australia has four skills shortage lists. These lists contain all the occupations in Australia that is in need from overseas because there is a shortage of talent in the country. 


  1. Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  2. Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  3. Regional Occupational List (ROL)


And do you know what? GPs are on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)! 


This means the Australian government is happy with Australian companies hiring general practitioners from overseas, albeit subject to strict requirements. 


Please note: Australia has also created a temporary skilled occupation list in response to COVID-19 called the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).


Do you meet the requirements for skilled migration?


Your occupation appearing on a skills shortage list is only the start! You also have to meet Australia’s skilled immigration requirements as you want to apply for a skilled migrant visa.


We take you through these requirements below:


Immigration Points


Emigrating to Australia as a GP will only be possible if you achieve a points score of at least 65 in your immigration assessment.


English Language Ability


In order to immigrate to Australia, you must score an IELTS 7 in all four components of your test – reading, writing, listening, and speaking.


The IELTS is not the only English test available though. Your immigration agent should advise you on which English language test would be best for you.




All applicants for permanent and provisional visas must meet Australia’s health requirements to qualify for immigration. This includes the:


  • Main applicant;
  • Spouse; and
  • Any other members of the family unit.


The Department of Home Affairs or the migration medical services provider will evaluate the completed health exam reports to decide if applicants meet Australia’s health requirements.


Please note: In certain cases, non-migrating family members will also be assessed against the health requirements.


Good Character


Everyone who wants to enter Australia must be of good character and will be assessed against Australia’s character requirements. As part of your visa application, you might be required to provide a police clearance certificate or other evidence to satisfy the character requirements.


  • You will not pass the character test if:
    • you have a substantial criminal record, meaning you have been sentenced to 12 months or more in prison, or multiple sentences that add up to more than 12 months in prison. A suspended sentence is considered a prison sentence.

    • you have been convicted of escaping from immigration detention, or convicted for an offence that you committed:
      • while you were in immigration detention,
      • during an escape from immigration detention,
      • after an escape, but before you were taken into immigration detention again.

  • You are or have been a member of a group or organisation, or had or have an association with a person, group or organisation that the Minister for Immigration reasonably suspects of involvement in criminal conduct

  • The Minister for Immigration reasonably suspects that you have been involved in people smuggling, people trafficking, genocide, a war crime, a crime against humanity, a crime involving torture or slavery, or a crime that is of serious international concern, whether or not you have been convicted of such an offence

  • Your past and present criminal or general conduct shows that you are not of good character

  • There is a risk that while you are in Australia you would:
    • engage in criminal conduct,
    • harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person,
    • vilify a segment of the Australian community,
    • incite discord in the Australian community or in a part of it,
    • be a danger to the Australian community or a part of it.

  • You have been convicted of, or found guilty or had a charge proven for one or more sexually based offences involving a child,

  • You are subject to an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

  • You are subject to an Interpol notice, from which it is reasonable to infer that you a direct or indirect risk to the Australian community, or a segment of the Australian community.


AZSCO and your occupation


ANZSCO is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.


It’s a system within the skilled migration program that sets the standards for the skills and work experience that visa applicants must meet to work in specific occupation in Australia or New Zealand.


Further to this, ANZSCO sets out the tasks that visa applicants must be able to perform as part of their everyday duties.


In other words, ANZSCO determines the most important requirements you must meet in order to qualify to apply for a skilled migrant visa.


Let’s look at the ANZSCO requirements for your occupation in detail:




The ANZSCO code assigned to general practitioners is 253111. This code gives us more details about the criteria you have to meet in order to qualify to immigrate to Australia.


The first thing we look at is the group that GPs fall under:


Major Group: 2 – Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 25 – Health Professionals | Minor Group: 253 – Health Professionals | Unit Group: 2531 – General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers


As you can see there are four groups showing how the code is made up – we are mostly interested in the code (253111) which is specific to GPs.

Description of Role

This part of the ANZSCO criteria lays out a broad description of what a occupational therapist is supposed to be able to do:


General Practitioners diagnose and treat physical and mental illnesses, disorders and injuries, recommend preventative action and refer patients to specialist Medical Practitioners, other health care workers, and social, welfare and support workers.




As a GP applying for a skilled migrant visa, you’re expected to be able to perform the tasks below:


  • Conducting examinations and questioning patients to determine the nature of disorders and illnesses, and recording patients’ medical information
  • Ordering laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures, and interpreting findings to assist in diagnosis
  • Providing overall care for patients, and prescribing and administering treatments, medications and other remedial measures
  • Monitoring patients’ progress and response to treatment
  • Advising on diet, exercise and other habits which aid prevention and treatment of disease and disorders
  • Referring patients to, and exchanging medical information with, specialist Medical Practitioners
  • Reporting births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities
  • Arranging the admission of patients to hospitals


Job First?


Many people mistakenly think that finding a job is the first step when immigrating.


In fact, the first step should always be an immigration assessment to see if you have the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to live and work in Australia.


Why do we say this?


Firstly, even if you find a job, you’ll only be able to work in Australia if you have a work visa. You thus have to know if you qualify for skilled migration, or any other type of visa category that allows you to work in Australia, before you start to look for a job.


Secondly, job hunting with the confirmation that you do qualify for a work visa means you can job hunt with confidence. It’s not only the confidence of job hunting while already knowing that you do qualify to live and work in Australia. It’s also that employers are much more likely to extend job offers to overseas candidates who they know are eligible to work in Australia.