Your RACGP PEP Specialist Stream Journey Explained

Your PEP Specialist Pathway Journey


We often get asked what’s the next part of the journey,  after you have applied and completed your PEP Specialist Stream comparability assessment.
The outcome of the comparability assessment will determine your eligibility for entry and also which stream (Substantially comparable or Partially Comparable) you can undertake. In this blog we’ll focus specifically on your Substantially comparable  stream journey, from the day you start working in your approved practice to the day you attain Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

Supervision and Membership Requirements

Throughout the program, you must:
        •       Work under supervision.
        •       Maintain your Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) medical registration.
        •       Remain a financial member of RACGP until you are admitted to Fellowship.
You will be well supported, your supervisor is a seasoned specialist GP approved by the MBA to provide supervision during your program. They play a crucial role in guiding you through your practice.
Upon starting the program, you will be assigned a Medical Educator (ME). MEs are RACGP staff members who are also experienced GPs with extensive educational and practical knowledge. They mentor and support your educational needs, ensuring you progress smoothly through the PEP SP. Regular meetings with your ME will be scheduled throughout your program.
During your induction, you will also get the opportunity to complete a practice workplace based assessment (a practice Clinical Case Analysis or CCA .  This will be used  later in the training program to  assess your competence against the standards set for a specialist GP at the point of admission to Fellowship.
During your training you must meet the below requirements:
  1. Supervised Practice
  2. Educational Activities
  3. Workplace-Based Assessments

These note a full list of requirements to be fulfilled before you can apply for Fellowship can be found here 

Supervised Practice

Before you start on the PC stream, RACGP will recommend the level of supervision you need while working in your approved practice. This recommendation will be based on your comparability assessment results and the context of your intended practice. Once you are 3 months into the program, you will sit with your supervisor and complete a Work Performance Report. This reviews performance criteria and highlights areas you have performed well in and areas for development.

Educational Activities

Educational activities include compulsory and optional tasks designed to ease your transition into Australian general practice.

Workplace Based Assessments

These help to assess your competence and include areas such as clinical information-gathering and interpretation,
making a diagnosis, decision-making and reasoning, clinical management and therapeutic reasoning. You will complete these while completing your training program.

WBAs comprise the following components: 

Multi-source feedbackUsed to collate feedback from colleagues and patients on your interpersonal and professional behaviour, development and clinical skills. 

Clinical assessment – Once you have settled and spent at least 3 months in your new practice, you will complete a clinical assessment via videoconferencing and be made up of two components: direct observations and clinical case analyses (CCAs).  The direct observations and CCAs will be conducted by three independent assessors, separate to your mentor ME. 

Once you have completed the WBAs you will be considered for entry of admission to Fellowship.

You can find further information here or if you would like to contact us please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team here

Considering Moving to Australia as a GP? Your FAQs Answered Here

If you’re a GP thinking about relocating to Australia, you may have many questions. This may be early stages of thinking or you might be ready to move and want to find out more.

Here we answer your most frequent questions regarding working as a GP in Australia

Where can I work? –  All overseas trained GPs are required to work in an areas which is Distribution Priority Area (DPA). This is in place for the first 10 years of your medical registration and you may hear it as your ’10 year moratorium.’

All the GP jobs on our website are suitable for you to apply. The areas where we find jobs are around Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Tasmania, the Central Coast and regional cities such as Busselton, Broome and Rockhampton.  Check out the workforce locator map here to check the geographical classification of any location in Australia.

How long are the contracts? – Generally 2 years, some more rural practices may consider 12 months. 

How long does the paperwork take? – Approximately 9 months from job acceptance to visa approval 

Do I have to work under supervision? Yes initially but just for 6 months if you’re substantially comparable. A period of self -reflection, peer review and clinical case analysis. There are no exams if you are substantially comparable. 

Will my earnings be affected during supervision? – No, in fact while completing the supervision period, you will have access to the full Medicare rebate (A1 rates) This means you bill the same as a vocationally recognised GP whilst working towards FRACGP. 

What is the Practice Experience Program (PEP) Specialist Stream? It provides a pathway for international medical graduates with overseas specialist qualifications to gain Fellowship with the RACGP. Please visit the PEP Specialist Stream webpage for more details.

Will I still get specialist registration? Yes once all Fellowship requirements have been met. 

What is WBA? – Workplace Based Assessment- completed approximately 6 months from commencing employment, provides a framework for evaluating performance and progress in practice. 

What’s does the PEP pathway to Fellowship look like? 

Do I need to sit exams on the PEP Pathway?

After satisfactorily completing all of the program requirements, substantially comparable participants will be eligible to apply for FRACGP. Partially comparable participants are eligible to enrol in the Fellowship exams after completing the WBA requirements.

If you are considering a move or just want to chat through options we have a dedicated team who will guide you through every step of the whole process. Visit our latest GP jobs or contact us directly for more information. 

Further Reading


Medical Board of Australia


Find out more about why Perth is so popular


Transitioning to General Practice in Australia: The Role of Clinical Interests

Emma is currently travelling around Australia, visiting the wonderful medical centres to gain insights into where you could be working and what they seek in GP recruits. We’re committed to keeping you informed about easing your transition into Australia general practice.

During our conversations with GP owners and exploring the changing landscape of general practice, one recurring topic was whether GPs coming to Australia needed to have a specific area of interest While its not mandatory, many clinic owners suggested that it would be useful for an incoming GP to have an area of clinical interest to complement their practice.

Let’s discuss this further.

Do you need to have a clinical interest to practise as a GP in Australia?

The short answer is no. Many traditional general practices seek well-rounded GPs with comparable qualifications and experience and a great team fit into the practice. However, some practices view having a clinical interest as a great way to build your patient base and ensure a consistent workload.

Which Clinical interests are beneficial?

Personal Interest: Pursuing a field of medicine you’re passionate about is an excellent starting point.

Community Needs: Local community demands may vary based on practice location and patient demographics.  However, certain clinical areas are generally in demand across Australia, including;

– Women’s Health and the ability to fit coils and implants is highly desirable
– Chronic disease management
– Minor Surgery
– Dermatology
– Mental Health
– Elderly care including Aged care facilities

Don’t limit yourself to these areas, the GPs I spoke to had wide and varied interests from geriatric care to medical cannabis to sports medicine.

Why do I need a specialist interest?

As mentioned, this is not an absolute requirement however having a specialist interest  can complement general practice in several ways:

Improving Healthcare Access: Managing complex cases within the practice reduces pressure on specialist waiting times and can offer more affordable care options for patients.

Reducing the referrals to Specialists: If a patient presents with a particular condition, the practice will refer the GP surgery to the most appropriate doctor. This allows the patient to be treated within the clinic rather than elsewhere.

As patients currently have the choice of GP and can register with more than one GP practice, going to a preferred doctor with an interest in their care benefits both patient and doctor.

How will it help you in GP in Australia?

Increased earning potential

– Many practices have or are moving to a mixed billing setting where they charge some patients and bulk bill others. It is still very common to bulk bill children, pension, and health care holders. In this scenario, the private fees charged for minor surgery, dermatology, fitting coils, etc are much higher.
– When bulk billing a patient, having an interest in aged care or chronic disease management is excellent and will increase your potential by utilising chronic disease care plans where you can charge approx—$ 300 for a consult. Most practices have robust procedures in place for maximising income from these.

Increased Job satisfaction

– Some GP Owners I spoke to really enjoyed the varied aspects of general practice and being able to do a wide range of procedural work as well as standard family medicine kept his day interesting. Another has built his patient base around medicinal cannabis and any surgical work he can safely and competently do in the practice.

– Continuity of Care: For patients with chronic conditions, seeing a GP with a special interest in their specific health concern can be invaluable. It allows for a more streamlined and personalised approach to managing their ongoing needs, fostering a strong doctor-patient relationship.

Building your Patient Base

With the nature of general practice, there is an element of building your patient base which can take between 3 – 6 months. Some practices may have a retiring GP or have had to close their books and are turning patients away. Others may have a huge growth of housing in the area and expect a large increase in patients for your arrival.

In any practice, however, before you arrive, the team will be advertising you as a new doctor. Marketing will be done in the local area to let the patients know you are available for appointments. This can be greatly enhanced if you have any area of interest to complement the team and attract patients who need your specialist care. I found it useful having chats with the Australian doctors (many of whom are UK-trained and have made the transition) and getting their insights into ways to manage your practice in Australia.


Transitioning to general practice in Australia offers autonomy in managing your workload and patient care. Conversations with Australian doctors, many of whom underwent similar transitions, provided valuable insights into navigating the Australian healthcare landscape.

If you would like to find out more or have a chat, please get in touch +44 7983 685945,

You can check out our latest GP Jobs here



Navigating the RACGP PEP Process

A Comprehensive Guide for GPs relocating to Australia

Embarking on a career as a General Practitioner (GP) in Australia is a rewarding journey, but it requires a thorough understanding of the qualifications and processes involved.

This is where Transition Medical come in. We are experts in providing critical advices and assistance in processing GP’s applications to a successful outcome. We provide our help at no charge to you!

About the PEP Program

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) offers the Practice Experience Program (PEP) for international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking recognition as a GP in Australia. In this blog, we will delve into the RACGP PEP process, providing you with valuable insights into the steps, challenges, and opportunities that lie ahead.

Understanding the RACGP PEP:

 The RACGP PEP is designed for Specialist GPs who hold a recognised medical degree and a comparable GP qualification.

The program aims to assess and develop the necessary skills and knowledge required for practice in the Australian healthcare system.

Key Steps in the PEP Process:

  • Comparability Assessment
  • Job Approval Check
  • Medicare Provider Number Application
  • Work Based Assessment
  • Awarded Fellowship

Which Documents Do You Need?

The RACGP process is a comprehensive process and best completed with Transition Medical’s guidance. Here are examples of what is required:

  • Medical degree, GP certificates, identity documents
  • Evidence of 50 hours CPD in the last 12 months
  • 10 Completed Clinical case studies
  • Letters of support from your recent GP practices

At first glance it may seem quite a lot of paperwork however we break this down for you and following our instructions, it will be completed with minimal inconvenience.

Transition Medical have completed over 40 RACGP successful PEP applications.

How Long does it Take?

The PEP program takes in total around 24 weeks. The medical registration and visa pathway to work in Australia will take approximately 9 months and we suggest getting in touch 12 months before you want to be in Australia.


The RACGP PEP process is a comprehensive and rigorous pathway for international medical graduates aspiring to become General Practitioners in Australia. While it presents its share of challenges, successful completion opens doors to a fulfilling career in General Practice in Australia.

Transition Medical will guide you through the application and make it as smooth as possible to allow you to focus on the excitement of your relocation journey.

Further Reading

Australia GP Salary

Living in Perth, Australia



Top 10 Tips for GPs relocating to Australia

Top 10 Tips for GPs relocating to Australia

Here at Transition Medical we get asked many questions from GPs new to their Australia job search. As one of the leading UK GP recruitment agencies we have compiled a brief checklist of things you’ll need to have (and think about)!

  1. Primary Medical Degree from a recognised university – MBBS, MB ChB, MD, MB BCh, BM etc
  1. Language Skills – All overseas trained GPs are required to demonstrate their English competency. This can be proven if English is your primary language, you completed your schooling from a recognised English-speaking country (UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa or USA) and your medical qualifications were completed in English. Without this you will need to have successfully completed PLAB or IELTS.
  1. Medical Registration – Full, current and unconditional registration from your current authority (i.e. GMC) and unconditional registration from any previous registering authority. You will need a Certificate of Good Standing from each authority over the last 10 years.
  1. GP Qualification – The most popular pathway for doctors to work as a GP in Australia RACGP PEP program.The MRCGP and MICGP qualifications are deemed comparable alongside others. If you hold another qualification please do get in touch to discuss your skills and experience.
  1. A Job Offer – To work as a doctor in Australia you need to secure medical registration and a suitable employment visa. The first step of this process is to speak to one of our medical recruitment specialists to find you a great GP job in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or elsewhere. The demand for skilled workers in Australia is very high and we currently have plenty of GP jobs available across Australia.
  1. Location – Australia is a large country with a diverse range of culture and climate. It can be daunting when you start your job search so it is important to take some time doing your research and working out the best spot for you and your family. Emma has lived and travelled extensively around Australia and can help guide you in the right direction.
  1. Timescales – The medical recruitment process can take some time to navigate through the various stages. You would be wise to allow adequate time for the Australian registration and visa process, we recommend getting in touch approximately 9 – 12 months prior to you arriving to move through all the key stages.
  1. Age doesn’t matter – Medical practices are looking for good all-round GPs, so whether you are newly qualified, mid-way through your career or reaching retirement there will be a GP vacancy available for you.
  1. Relocation costs – Moving overseas can be a fairly expensive process; you must factor in the cost of your registration and visa application plus flights, shipping and getting yourself established. Many practices will help towards some of these costs however we would recommend that you have some money set aside to comfortably make the move.
  1. Finally – When considering working as a doctor in Australia, it may seem a daunting process and you’ll be weighing up the pros and cons of relocating. Many GPs have already made the move and find the working conditions, increased income potential and, of course, lifestyle to be far superior than the UK. Discover what our GPs have to say and why we’re one of the Best Doctor Recruitment Agencies

Further Reading

Find out What life is like for a GP in Australia

What do GPs earn in Australia?

How to find a great Job

Please do get in touch with one of our medical recruitment specialists if you wish to discuss your GP job search further.

Australian Doctor Visa questions answered

Australia Doctor Visa Temporary and PR Visa Options Explained

An important question and consideration when you’re planning to move abroad is which Australia Doctor visa to apply for and if you are planning a permanent move, which PR option is right for you.

Our immigration advisers have put together some information below to help guide you. Please do get in touch to discuss your specific circumstances.

What are my GP Visa options?

As a General Practitioner (GP) you are eligible to move to Australia on either a temporary visa or on a permanent basis as your occupation is currently on the Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Common to all pathways is the requirement that applicants meet the Skill, Health and Character requirements. In the case of GPs, the Skill requirement is evidenced by successful registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). To be able to hold AHPRA registration, you first need to have signed an agreement with a practice in Australia and completed your RACGP PEP comparability assessment.

Permanent Residency Applications

There are several visa pathways to achieving the objective of Permanent Residency (PR). In this short article, we’ll be explaining the pathways in a straightforward way to help you choose the most appropriate option.

In simple terms, there are 2 primary pathways to Permanent Residency which we’ll discuss today. The Skilled Independent visa (sub class 189) which is a points-tested stream and the Employer Sponsored pathway (subclass 186).

The Temporary Resident Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Subclass 482) 

This is the most common visa to relocate to Australia as a GP. This 482 visa can be granted for up to 4 years.

From a practical perspective GPs can enter Australia much faster by applying for the 482, rather than by applying from the UK for the permanent visa (186). At the time of writing, 90% of applications are assessed in 11 weeks. Current GPs going through the process, we see visa approval in as little as 6 – 8 weeks.

Under the 482-visa, as a GP you can either be employed on a full-time employment contract or you can be an independent sub-contractor and provide your services to the employer on an hourly / weekly pay rate or profit share arrangement. The majority of our GP Jobs are independent contractor agreements offering a percentage of weekly billings.

The 482 visa provides temporary residency status. As the holder of a 482 visa you are free to travel to and from Australia, your family can accompany you and your spouse is free to work or study without restriction. If you have been living in the UK prior to your move, you will be entitled to Medicare health services once enrolled. Until this time when you arrive in Australia, you will need to hold Private health cover.

Direct Entry Pathway (186 Visa only)

This visa allows skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer, work and live in Australia permanently. At time of writing, he processing time for 90% of visas is 54 weeks. Our Immigration Advisor suggests that it may be around 6 months for a UK doctor to gain approval. A recent UK trained GP had her 186 visa approval in 10 weeks.

Many of our GP practices are happy to provide this sponsorship to allow you to work in Australia on a permanent basis. You should be under 45 to apply for this visa, however there are exemptions to this if you meet this if you have previously held a 482 visa, have been working for the nominating employer for the previous 3 years and can meet the income threshold.

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

This is a points-based option for skilled workers. For this application, you need to submit an expression of interest. The eligibility criteria area; you must have a relevant occupation and complete a suitable skills assessment for this. The Skill requirement will again be evidenced by successful registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

You will be required to meet the points test pass mark of 65 and be under 45 years old at the time you are invited to apply. In order to gain enough points, most GPs are required to sit an IELTS English language test.

Further Reading:

PR 189 Skilled Independent Visa

PR 186 Employer Sponsored Visa

For further information or to discuss your circumstances directly please get in touch with one of the team here at Transition Medical. Richard, our Specialist Immigration Advisor and Lawyer is on hand to help.

Further Reading on our blog

Australian Education system

Find out more about working as a GP in Australia

Benefits of working as a GP in Australia


Australian GP Salary Calculator

Australian GP Salary Calculator

When relocating as a GP to Australia, you will want to find out how much you get paid as a GP and what your GP income will be. We’ve given a 2023 update on GP salaries and a link to a useful calculator.

How much do GPs earn in Australia?

First of all, we should say that GPs in Australia don’t earn a ‘salary’ rather get paid via percentage of billings for the work that they do. In Australia GPs are valued healthcare professionals and are paid accordingly.

Your Australian GP salary will vary depending on factors such as how you want to set up your practice i.e. how many hours you want to work and how many patients you wish to see, the location and practice set up.

In the majority of cases, GPs relocating from the UK earn at least the same for doing less hours per week. Realistic GP earnings working in a mixed billing practice in Australia are $300K upwards (£160k)

GP Income Calculator

The RACGP have provided an income calculator where you can input how much you want to earn and how many sessions and patients you want to see. This will give you an indication of how much you will earn working in Australia.

One of our GP clients in Adelaide from the UK is currently working as a GP has used the calculator and finds it to be accurate and a useful tool to use.


Your desired income is $300,000 per year at 70% billings

  • 8 sessions per week seeing 4 patients per hour with 6 weeks annual leave per year
  • You annual gross billings (the amount before the percentage is taken off) would be $428,571 with the fee for each patient $72.79.

Your desired income is $400,000 per year at 70% billings

  • 8 sessions per week seeing 5 patients per hour with 6 weeks annual leave per year
  • Your annual gross billings (the amount before the percentage is taken off) would be $571,429 with the fee for each patient $77.64.

How to maximise Australian GP income

We find most UK GPs are relocating to Australia for quality of life, less stress and a better work – life balance. Coupled with the amazing weather and outdoor lifestyle it is a tempting county to live.

Once established, GPs find that their income is higher than back in the UK! “People are friendly, you see fewer patients and have longer appointment times for more pay”

If you are looking to maximise your income whilst you’re in Australia then there a few ways to do this:

Number of hours worked and patients seen

It goes without saying that you are going to make a higher income working 5 days than two. There are many factors but providing great patient care, being available and building a loyal patient base will ensure you have a regular excellent income

Complex Consultations

Some more complex consultations will attract a higher fee so any areas such as minor surgery, dermatology, mental health and chronic care plans will increase your income potential.

Work out of hours

Private consultation fees and Medicare rebates are generally higher at the weekends and evenings. Practices are free to charge what they deem appropriate so there tends to be an uplift on consult fee for services provided out of hours. Out of hours for Medicare rebates are before 8am or after 6pm on a weekday, after 12noon on Saturday and all day Sunday.

Further Reading:

GP Income Calculator

Day in the Life of a GP in Australia

Australian Tax System

Living in Perth, Australia

Life in Perth as a GP in Australia

Perth is one of the most popular cities in Australia for GPs to relocate to and it’s easy to see why! Find out more in our blog about life in Perth and more about our GP jobs in Perth and surrounds.

  • Perth is the thriving capital of Western Australia and the state’s largest city.
  • It is a laid back, very liveable city with wonderful weather and a relaxed feel.
  • With a population of almost 2 million it is the 4th largest city in Australia.
  • Perth is the 12th most liveable city in the world (Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index 2023)

The city runs alongside the Indian Ocean on the west coast and the distance from north to south is about 100km. The many suburbs based along the beautiful coastline have easy access to stunning beaches. The Swan River providing lots of water activities runs through the city and has Darling Ranges for stunning scenery, walking and bike trails, to the west.  The city centre of Perth is only a short 12km drive to the ocean.

Perth is an easy city to get around. The International airport is 30 minutes to the city by car. It is well serviced by public transport with great train and bus links around the Perth including the free city CAT bus. There is also a ferry terminal only 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre which crosses the Swan River with other ferry services providing trips out to the popular Rottnest Island.

Perth Time Zone

Australia is a big country with 3 separate time zones.  As Perth is the furthest west of all the cities, it is the closest to the UK, only 8 hours ahead of the UK and only 7 hours during British Summer time. Unlike some of the other states, Western Australia doesn’t practice Daylight Saving Time.

If you’re looking to have a shorter journey home or have family living in Asia and want to be closer, this is the perfect location.

Perth Climate

Perth is the sunniest capital city in Australia with an average of 8 hours sunshine daily. It has a mixture of Californian and Mediterranean climates with mild winters and hot dry summers. The summer months run from December to February and the temperature averages around 29 degrees during the day and 17 overnight.  The temperature can reach much higher temperatures however the hot days are cooled by the ‘Freemantle doctor’ which is a strong sea breeze that blows in for the ocean which provides relief and is excellent for windsurfing and sailing on the Swan river.

The winter months in Perth are from June to August.  These are mild with an average temperature of 18 degrees during the day and around 9 overnight. The wettest month is July which sees quite a bit of rainfall which comes down quite quickly and in many instances passes to be followed by sunny periods. It rarely gets cold enough for snow to fall or frost to form.

Combine the warm weather and beautiful beaches it is easy to see why so many people enjoy the outdoor lifestyle of Western Australia. All year round the residents of Perth enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches along the coast line, and on hot days, cooling down in the clean blue Indian Ocean.

Perth Beaches

Situated on the Indian Ocean, Perth has some of Australia’s finest beaches, most of which are easily accessible by car or bus. Enjoy surfing, swimming, scuba diving and fishing within a 20 minute drive of the Central Business District (CBD). For swimming, some great options are Cottesloe, Swanbourne, City Beach, Floreat Beach and Scarborough Beach. For those who want to try surfing, beaches such as Trigg, to the north of Scarborough, are ideal.

Kings Park and Botanic Gardens

Kings Park is a must see and has an amazing view of Perth City and the Swan River.  With 400 hectares of tranquil parkland, bushland and botanic gardens interlaced with trails and pathways Kings Park gives you the chance to experience Australian flora and fauna without leaving the city.  Great for kids to connect with nature with a playground and café on site.


Visit fabulous Fremantle, located on the coast just 30 minutes south of Perth CBD.  You can enjoy a coffee on the famous ‘Cappuccino strip’, take a stroll through the Fremantle markets, go underground on the Fremantle Prison Tunnel Tour or enjoy fish and chips down on Fisherman’s Wharf. Weekends are a great time to visit Fremantle with many festivals and events hosted in this great city.

Perth Housing and Schools

Perth for Kids

With such a great climate, entertaining kids in Perth is made much easier – visits to the beach or the park can be a spur of the moment decision and with better weather means planned days out can be enjoyed rather than it being a wash out.

Top 10 Family Attractions

Family Days Out

Hillarys Boat Harbour: A brilliant family destination only 30 minutes from the Perth CBD, Hillarys Boat Harbour is a great place to spend the day. Whether you are keen on swimming, boating, fishing, shopping or dining in cafes or restaurants, Hillarys has everything you need. For the little kids there is a lovely, cosy, beach with play equipment right on the sand. Bigger kids can enjoy waterslides, trampolines, minigolf and circus rides at The Great Escape. Parents can join right in or choose to relax at one of the cafes nearby.

Around Perth

Rottnest Island
Just 19 km off the coast of Perth, just under a 30 minute ferry ride from Perth city centre or Fremantle is the sunny holiday island of Rottnest.   Blessed with some of the world’s finest beaches and pristine bays, Rottnest Island is Western Australia’s very own island getaway.

There are no cars on the island so a popular way to get around is by bike, it is a small island making it easy to explore with a number of great trails to follow.  Not surprisingly, water activities play a major role in island life – from snorkelling and diving to fishing, surfing, boating, kayaking, sailing and swimming!

Margaret River
A 3 hour drive south of Perth is the Margaret river region.  This is an area renowned for its wine production and first class restaurants. You’ll be spoilt for choice with over 100 wineries plus many fine restaurants, boutique breweries, art galleries and fresh produce, from divine cheeses to chocolate.

Margaret River is also a top surfing destination holding yearly surfing competitions, and the town has evolved from a relaxed surfing town to a popular base to enjoy the areas flavours and spectacular scenery.The Swan Valley The Swan Valley is a 30 minute drive from central Perth. In the region you will find wildlife and historical parks, bushland, arts and crafts and several wineries. The Swan Valley is also breathtakingly beautiful in wild flower season.

More information on our Perth vacancies

Further Reading

Read our blog on Australian School Fees

Read our blog on GP Salaries in Australia

Perth GP Jobs

School Fees Australia for Temporary Residents

Australia School System

As a GP relocating to Australia, you want to make sure you find not only the right job, but the right location for your family. For those relocating with children, schooling is an important factor and making sure your family settle is key.

The great news is, the standard of education in Australia is world class. The Human Development Index (HDI) ranked Australia 5th  out of 174 countries in the world. This is calculated using the high GDP, literacy and education and quality of life.

It’s useful to know the options for education and the costs you may incur on a temporary (482) work visa. In this blog, we have outlined the costs involved.

Schooling in Australia

You will have the choice to send your children to public, state funded schools, faith schools and private education. This is very similar to our system in the UK. Education is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16.

Private Education in Australia

If you wish to send your child to a private school in Australia, then you should begin this process early on in the relocation process and contact schools. All private schools will charge a fee for your child to attend and this fee is governed by the individual school. It is likely you will be a registration fee prior to your move.

Independent schools are non-profit and will cater to a variety of students with unique values. There are approximately 1200 private schools in Australia out of almost 10,000 schools.

Private School Guide

State Education in Australia

To gain admission to your desired state school, similar to the UK, you must generally live within the geographic boundary of the school district. Each State and Territory has different regulations and its own Department of Education.

Although state education in Australia is essentially free, some schools may add a voluntary contribution. In addition, you may need to pay for school uniform, books and stationery items.

Some states also charge an annual fee for children attending school whilst on a temporary work visa (Subclass 482) The majority of our GPs will start their work life on this employer sponsored visa.

School fees for dependent subclass 482 visa holders Applicants for a TSS visa may include dependent family members in their application. The schooling fees vary depending on the state or territory the subclass 482 visa holders reside in.

New South Wales (NSW) – Between $5600 – $6400 per child

Victoria – No applicable fees

Queensland – No applicable fees

Western Australia – $4000 per annum regardless of number of children enrolled

South Australia (greater Adelaide only)  – Between $5900 and $7000

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – No applicable Fees

Northern Territory (NT) – No applicable fees

Tasmania – No applicable fees

Once you move to a permanent work visa then these fees for state schools no longer apply. Please get in touch with us if you would like a full breakdown of the applicable costs and exemptions for each state.

Further Reading

Day in the life of a GP in Australia

GP Salary in Australia

Tax System for GPs in Australia






A Day in the Life of a GP in Australia

In this blog, we will take you on a journey through a typical day in the life of a GP, Emma, who recently moved as a GP to Australia.

What made you decide to move to Australia as a GP?

I worked in hospital jobs there over 20 years ago and met my Australian husband so it was always on the cards to go back at some point but was never the right time due to family and other commitments. Recently we decided that the time would be right in terms of the children’s ages and the poor state of General Practice in the UK. 

Tell us about a typical day in your GP role as a GP in Australia.

I have quite a long commute (50 minutes) so leave the house at 7 am. It is a straight drive though with no jams. I start my morning clinic at 8 am and consult at 20-minute appointments until around 12. I have an hour lunch break then another clinic in the afternoon with the last patient booked at 4.20. There are no home visits. I see 21 patients in a whole day and probably spend <30 minutes doing admin. There is no on-call system and occasionally there are 1 or 2 extras. I usually leave by 5 pm and am home before 6. On a Friday the practice closes early so I am finished before 4.

The best bit about your day?

Not running late! Because the appointments are longer there is more time to spend with patients and even if they go over time you will then get paid extra. The whole experience is much less hurried and therefore you have time to chat with patients and get to know them better. There is often extra time to catch up or do admin between appointments as some people only come for quick things eg prescriptions.

The most challenging part of your day?

I still do not fully understand the Medicare system and who pays for what and when. It is very complicated and adds another dimension to the consultation knowing that people have to pay for medicines and some investigations and treatment.

How do you find the culture and lifestyle compared to the UK?

There is more of an outdoor lifestyle due to the weather which is almost always warm and sunny here in Queensland. There are lots of nice places to visit although there is more driving involved as everything is more spread out. The people are friendly and welcoming. Our children are finding the school experience more relaxed and less exam focussed than in the UK and for us, the work/life balance is better.

How have you settled in and would you have any tips for other GPs relocating?

We have settled in well but already having my husband’s family here has helped. Waiting for provider numbers before starting work is frustrating but also gives time to adjust. I would advise trying to save as much as possible before moving as almost everything is more expensive than in the UK and the initial costs are large, although you will make it back eventually with higher earnings.
Stay patient with the initial paperwork stage. It can seem overwhelming, especially when problems crop up, but it does come right in the end.

How have you found the transition from general practice in the UK to Australia?

The patients come in with all the same sorts of things so in that respect it is very similar, although here in Queensland there is a lot more skin cancer! The systems are very different though. It is much easier to get investigations in a timely manner.  Prescribing is more complicated than in the UK. There is a lot more use of the private sector in secondary care and it can be hard to know who and where to refer to. On the whole, patients seem more responsible for their own health and accept that they have to pay for certain things. GPs seem to do more chronic disease management (rather than nurses) and there is more scope to do procedural work eg minor surgery which attracts a higher fee. Workload seems to be quite flexible in that you can choose to do more or less but that will reflect in your earnings.

Finally, how have you found Transition Medical in helping you make the move?

Emma and Kirsty have been fantastic and we wouldn’t have got here without them. The process is very daunting and complicated but they take you through it step by step and are always on hand to ask questions or talk it through. If you are thinking about making the move, I would definitely recommend giving them a call. 

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