International medical graduates

Doctors whose primary medical qualifications were obtained in a country other than Australia or New Zealand are known in Australia as international medical graduates (IMGs).

IMGs play a vital role in helping the Western Australian (WA) public health system, WA Health, meet its service delivery responsibilities.

Overview of the Australian and WA health systems 

Information for IMGs 

How can I access the $8,000 relocation incentive announced by the WA Government?

  • The relocation incentive forms part of the $1.9 billion investment boost to health, mental health and COVID-19 initiatives announced by the WA Government on 10 August 2021 as part of the 2021-22 State Budget. The incentive will not necessarily be available after 30 June 2022.
  • The incentive is one-off payment designed to attract overseas nurses and doctors to work in WA public hospitals by covering up to maximum of $8,000 towards costs associated with relocation including quarantine and flight costs.
  • It is not a direct or upfront payment and it is not expected to cover all relocation costs.
  • If you are required to quarantine, the cost of quarantine in a government approved facility, which is usually self-funded, will be covered by WA Health.
  • Health Service Providers will have their own processes for the reimbursement of flight costs.
  • Reimbursement eligibility is dependent on you submitting evidence of costs once you have commenced working with your employing hospital
  • You may be required to complete a specific period of employment before you are eligible for cost reimbursement
  • Queries regarding your eligibility to claim any reimbursement costs should be directed to the medical workforce team at the hospital which has offered you a contract of employment.

Information for employers 

Orientation resources 

Workplace based assessment 

Training and medical education 

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