Recruit Overseas Cardiologists to Work in Australia

Hire Overseas Cardiologists to Work in Australia

Recruit Overseas Cardiologists to Work in Australia

This article is specifically aimed at Australia Healthcare Organisations looking to recruit overseas Cardiologists to work in Australia. We are going to guide you through the process of attracting and employing the best Internationally Qualified Cardiologists for your Healthcare Organisation.


If you are a a Cardiologist looking for information on how to work in Australia, then follow this link for the information relevant to you: How to Work in Australia as a Cardiologist


Alexander King, CEO of Migration Consultant LLC discusses the advantages and disadvantages of hiring overseas staff, Australian Immigration, Visas, Medical Board Licensing and how to take advantage of the new Skills in Demand Employer Sponsored Visa for Cardiologists as well as showing you how Migration Consultant LLC is on a mission to fill every outstanding vacancy in the Australian Health System.

Recruit Overseas Cardiologists – A Guide for Australian Healthcare Organisations


The Australian healthcare sector is currently facing a severe shortage of skilled cardiologists, driven by a combination of an aging workforce and high turnover rates. This shortage is becoming increasingly critical as the demand for cardiologists outpaces the supply, particularly in regional and remote areas.


According to Jobs and Skills Australia, the national level fill rate for healthcare positions has been struggling, with a notable disparity between metropolitan (66.7%) and regional areas (59.4%)​.


Many cardiologists are nearing retirement age and fewer new specialists are entering the field to replace them. This trend is particularly pronounced in remote areas where the recruitment of healthcare professionals is even more challenging.


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that while the health workforce is getting younger overall, the full-time equivalent (FTE) rates for medical practitioners aged 45-54 and 55-64 have slightly decreased, indicating a potential gap in experienced professionals​.


Efforts to attract cardiologists to less populated regions have included offering significant sign-on bonuses and higher salaries, yet these incentives are often insufficient to counteract the appeal of larger cities with better amenities and professional opportunities. The difficulty in recruiting cardiologists to rural areas is further compounded by harsh working conditions and lifestyle challenges, such as severe weather and isolation from major urban centers​.


To address this shortage, healthcare organizations in Australia are increasingly looking to recruit cardiologists from overseas. This strategy involves navigating various regulatory and logistical challenges, but it is seen as essential to meet the growing demand for cardiology services.


The recruitment of international specialists is becoming a critical component of workforce planning as local training programs and retention strategies struggle to keep pace with the healthcare needs of the population​.


The shortage of cardiologists in Australia is a pressing issue with significant implications for healthcare delivery, particularly in rural and regional areas. Addressing this shortage requires a multifaceted approach, including increased training and retention efforts, better incentives for working in less desirable locations, and strategic recruitment from the international pool of medical professionals.

Key Benefits of Recruiting Internationally Qualified Cardiologists


  • Immediate availability of experienced Cardiologists
  • Our Candidates have AMC Primary Source Verification and;
  • Are eligible for the Competent Authority Pathway
  • Specialist Pathway Cardiologists available
  • Diverse expertise from variety of Cardiologist perspectives
  • Introduce international standards and procedures to improve care
  • Enhance patient communication and understanding in multicultural settings
  • Build a resilient and sustainable nursing workforce
  • Overseas Cardiologists often stay longer with adequate support
  • Reduce long-term costs through stable staffing

Understanding the Visa and Immigration process when recruiting overseas Cardiologists


The Australian Government has replaced the old 482 TSS Visa with the Skills in Demand Visa. The role of Cardiologist is on the Core Skills Occupation Pathway (code 253312), making Cardiologists eligible for this streamlined Employer Sponsored Visa.


From a Cardiologist employer perspective the advantages of the Skills in Demand Visa for Overseas qualified Cardiologists are:


Reduced Processing Time for Cardiologist Visas


The Skills in Demand Visa streamlined the process of hiring skilled overseas Cardiologists. The visa introduced three pathways tailored to different skill levels of Cardiologist.


Cardiologist Specialist Skills Visa Pathway


  • Eligibility: Cardiologists with a minimum annual salary of AUD $135,000.
  • Licensing: Cardiologists on the Competent Authority Pathway
  • Registration: Eligible for MBA Provisional Licensing
  • Processing Time: 7 days.


Core Skills Pathway for Cardiologists


  • Eligibility: Cardiologists in occupations with a minimum salary of AUD 70,000.
  • Licensing: Cardiologists on the Competent Authority Pathway
  • Registration: Eligible for MBA Provisional Licensing
  • Processing Time: 21 days.


Simplified Labor Market Testing


The mandate for healthcare employers to advertise positions through Workforce Australia has been removed. Cardiologist Employers now only need to place two valid advertisements for their vacant positions.


The period for which an advertisement must remain valid is six months. This means Employers looking to hire overseas Cardiologists should complete their advertising within this six-month window before submitting a visa nomination application.


In 2025, the Australian Government will change from requiring employer advertising to using independent verification of labor market needs by Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA).


New Fee Structure


Currently, employer sponsors of Cardiologists into Australia face the following fees:


  • Sponsorship ($420)
  • Nomination ($330) 
  • Skilling Australian Fund (SAF) levy (up to $7200)


The new Skills in Demand visa for Cardiologists has a trailing fee model, reducing the financial burden of upfront payments. This “pay-as-you-go” system makes it more accessible for employers to sponsor overseas Cardiologists without the high upfront costs currently associated with the TSS visa.


This change also means easier transitions for Cardiologist between employers, removing the upfront cost burden from the initial sponsoring employer.


Cardiologist employers will be eligible for refunds on the SAF levy if the sponsored employee leaves before completing the sponsored period to ensure that employers are not unfairly financially penalized for early termination of employment.


However, alongside the SAF levy changes, the Australian Government is implementing tougher measures for employer compliance, ensuring employers meet their sponsorship obligations and are held accountable for breaches.


Sponsorship and Application Procedures


Employer Nomination


For an overseas Cardiologist to be eligible for the Skills in Demand Visa, they must be sponsored by an approved Australian employer. The employer must demonstrate that they have been unable to find a suitably skilled Australian worker to fill the position. This process involves:


Labour Market Testing


Employers must advertise the {Mising} position locally to ensure no suitable local candidates are available.


Sponsorship Approval


The Healthcare employer needs to be approved as a sponsor by the Department of Home Affairs.


Nomination Approval


The employer nominates the overseas Cardiologist for the position, detailing the job role and salary.​

Partnering with International Recruitment Agencies for hard to fill Cardiologist positions


Choosing the right international recruitment agency for your Cardiologist positions is crucial.


Look for agencies with a strong reputation and a proven track record in healthcare recruitment. Opt for agencies that specialize in healthcare recruitment, particularly in overseas qualified Cardiologists. Specialized agencies understand the specific challenges with recruiting Cardiologist professionals.


According to Alexander King, CEO of Migration Consultant LLC, “We have been successfully supplying professionals to the United States healthcare sector due to the ease of employer sponsorship and the H1B Visa. Many of these Cardiologists initially wanted to move to Australia but the restrictions on the old TSS visa made it unappealing to both employers and applicants.


These restrictions included lengthy processing times, high upfront costs for the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy, and limited pathways to permanent residency. With the introduction of the new Skills in Demand Visa, these barriers have been significantly reduced”.


As King notes, “Our Cardiologists are now eager and willing to relocate to Australia. The streamlined process and reduced financial burden make Australia a very attractive destination.


Over the last five years, Migration Consultant LLC has supplied over 3,000 medical professionals to the United States from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. All our professionals are pre-screened and come from countries that are global leaders in healthcare. Due to the introduction of the Skills in Demand Visa we are now actively filling Cardiologist Vacancies in Australia.


For Australian Healthcare Employers, our Cardiologist Candidates already have:


  • Primary Source Verification through ECFMG/EPIC
  • Submitted their qualifications for assessment by RACP


By partnering with a reputable and specialized international recruitment agency like Migration Consultant LLC, Australian healthcare organizations can effectively recruit overseas Cardiologists to work in Australia, addressing critical workforce shortages and enhancing quality of care.

How long does it take to recruit overseas Cardiologists to Australia?

On average, healthcare organizations looking to recruit overseas Cardiologists should allow 4 to 6 weeks for our recruitment process to complete.


Our recruitment process is not just about filling vacancies quickly; it's about finding the right fit for your organization.


We pride ourselves on our bespoke approach, tailoring each recruitment assignment to meet the specific needs and culture of your healthcare facility.


Here’s how we ensure a perfect match:


Detailed Understanding


We start by thoroughly understanding your organization's requirements, culture, and the specific challenges of the Cardiologist role you are looking to fill.


Extensive Sourcing


Our global network allows us to source highly qualified candidates from a diverse pool. We go far beyond traditional recruitment channels to find the best talent.


Comprehensive Screening


Every candidate undergoes a rigorous screening process, including credential verification, skill assessments, and in-depth interviews to ensure they meet your standards. We also ensure they either already have their License to practice, or have submitted an application.


Cultural Fit


We evaluate candidates not only on their professional qualifications but also on their ability to adapt to your organizational culture and the Australian healthcare environment.


Support and Preparation


We assist candidates with every aspect of their transition, from visa applications to relocation, ensuring they are fully prepared to integrate smoothly into your team.


By taking these extensive measures, we ensure that every Cardiologist we present to you is not just qualified but is also the right fit for your organization, contributing positively to your team and patient care.

Can Migration Consultant LLC assist with Visas?

We can assist with the Visa processing of your prospective new hire. We also find that many of our Clients prefer to do this themselves and have existing teams in place to process Employer Sponsored Visas. If not, we'd be happy to walk you through the process.

What are your recruitment fees?

These depend on the level and difficulty of hire. For example, we source experienced, highly qualified Cardiologists as well as advanced nursing staff, and specialist Medical Doctors. We also recruit across the wellbeing spectrum including Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Drug & Alcohol Counselors.

Our standard terms are 50% on acceptance of offer and 50% upon start date, payable within 14 days of each stage.

What Medical Professionals Can Migration Consultant LLC Recruit?

  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Sonographer
  • Optometrist
  • Orthoptist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Dental Specialist
  • Dentist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Therapist
  • General Practitioner
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Anaesthetist
  • Specialist Physician
  • Cardiologist
  • Clinical Haematologist
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Intensive Care Specialist
  • Neurologist
  • Paediatrician
  • Renal Medicine Specialist
  • Rheumatologist
  • Thoracic Medicine Specialist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Paediatric Surgeon
  • Reconstructive Surgeon
  • Vascular Surgeon
  • Dermatologist
  • Emergency Medicine Specialist
  • Gynaecologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Pathologist
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Midwife
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Aged Care Nurse
  • Child and Family Health Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Critical Care and Emergency Nurse
  • Disability and Rehabilitation Nurse
  • Medical Nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Perioperative Nurse
  • Surgical Nurse
  • Paediatric Nurse
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Anaesthetic Technician
  • Cardiac Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Technician
  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Family Support Worker
  • Youth Worker

What locations in Australia does Migration Consultant LLC operate in?

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Melbourne
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania
Migration Consultant Alexander King
Migration Consultant at Migration Consultant LLC | Website

Alexander King is a leading authority in the field of migration, holding a prominent role as a Head of Compliance at Migration Consultant LLC ( With years of expertise under his belt, King has guided countless individuals and families on their journey to immigrating to Australia and Canada, shaping countless lives with his professional advice and in-depth knowledge of immigration law and procedures.

His profound understanding of the complexities of immigration coupled with his unparalleled skills in tackling these challenges has earned him a reputation as a trusted expert in his field. This expertise is shared in his groundbreaking book, "How to Immigrate to Canada," a comprehensive guide designed to streamline the process for those aspiring to call Canada their new home.

King's dedicated, compassionate approach to helping others stems from his own experiences. Born and raised in a multicultural community, he grew up witnessing the struggles and triumphs of people striving to start new lives in new countries. This drove his passion for guiding others through their immigration journey, a passion that he pours into his work and writing.

Authoring "How to Immigrate to Canada" has been an endeavor close to his heart. King hopes that through his words, he can demystify the often daunting process of immigration, making it accessible and achievable for everyone.