When the 457 Visa was changed to the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa, a lot of doctors were left wondering how this would impact them. The biggest change between transferring from a 457 visa to the TSS is that clinics would be required to hold a Health Workforce Certificate which demonstrates the area’s need for a GP.
Clinics employing all three classifications of Doctor (General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111), Resident Medical Officers (ANZSCO 253112) and Medical Practitioners not elsewhere classified (ANZSCO 253999)) – now need a Health Workforce Certificate (HWC) for nominating the General Practitioners for the TSS and other employer-sponsored visas.
In a nutshell, if you were on a 457 Visa and now need to “renew” it, you will have to transfer to a TSS visa and the clinic sponsoring you will require a Health Workforce Certificate.
However, in order to not disadvantage GPs who are transitioning from 457 visas, the ‘Visas for GPs’ program will expedite the process of getting a HWC for GPs who have been working with the same employer for at least 12 months.
Clinics employing all three classifications of Doctor will be eligible to apply for a Health Workforce certificate which will be, in most cases, granted almost immediately.
Several administrative steps will be required however, RWA position assessment may not be a required step for these positions.
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