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Locum jobs offer UK GPs the opportunity to find out what it is like to work as a GP in Australia. There is no long-term commitment, and the chance to travel and experience different parts of the country.

There are two categories of GP locums:

GPs that already hold registration to work in Australia

There are generally more job options for these GPs as they have prior experience working in Australia and therefore offer greater value to the employing practice.    Here’s a few details about what to expect:

  • The minimum locum period is 3 months in one location
  • There are GP locum job options in most cities, and regions of Australia, however it can be more challenging to find options in Sydney and Melbourne
  • There are a number of visa options available depending on your length of stay, the cost of which varies from $A200-$A1175
  • Employers typically pay around 65% of billings, and some will offer a minimum guarantee.

GPs that do not hold registration to work in Australia

As these GPs have not worked in Australia before, they will require more training and support from the employing practice and for this reason, there are fewer jobs on offer.  But we still have some great opportunities!  Here’s a few details as to what you can expect:

  • The minimum locum period is 6 months in one location
  • There are GP locum job options, in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra
  • There is one visa option which cost around $A1175
  • Employers typically pay 60-65% of billings

Interestingly, most locum GPs report that they can earn considerably more in Australia as a locum than working for the NHS in the UK.  Working full-time you should earn a minimum of £80,000 for 6 months.

That said, you are unlikely to earn more money as a locum than working on a permanent contract, so if you are coming to Australia and are looking for the highest paying jobs, you may like to consider a permanent role.  Employers value and reward those making long-term commitments.

For more information about earnings please download our Australian GP locum guide.

Or if you would like to talk about your locum options, why not get in touch?  You can give us a call, leave a message, or register your interest by completing the form below.

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