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Australian Immigration Law Update – Removal Health Workforce Certification for some Medical Practitioners

by | Sep 20, 2023 | Migration

A new Legislative Instrument removes the requirement for employers wishing to sponsor overseas trained doctors on Subclass 482 and Subclass 494 visas to provide a Health Workforce Certificates (HWC) or Health Workforce Exemption Certificates (HWEC) for the following medical occupations:

  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Medical Practitioner (nec) (253999)


These amendments are made in recognition of the widespread shortages of medical doctors Australia wide and to remove the administrative burden on health workforce certifiers and to streamline visa processing for employers and visa applicants.

This changes commenced on 16 September 2023 and will apply in relation to a nomination made, but not yet finally determined, on that date.

There has also been another new Legislative Instrument released which removes the requirement to provide a Health Workforce Certificates (HWC) for employers wishing to nominate the following medical occupation for Subclass 186 and Subclass 187 Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) and Direct Entry (DE) streams:

  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical officer (253112)
  • Medical Practitioner (nec) (253999)

This change commenced on 16 September 2023 and applies to a nomination made, but not yet finally determined on that date.

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