Why Victoria is a Great Choice for International Healthcare Workers – Work Visas

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Victoria’s healthcare system relies on an experienced and highly skilled workforce to provide the best possible care to those who need it. If you are a healthcare professional and are considering relocating to Victoria, there is a range of financial motivations available to support your move. Here are some of the reasons why Victoria might be the right place for you.

A community of support for healthcare workers

Victoria is a vibrant and welcoming community for healthcare professionals around the world. We welcome diversity and provide a number of supports and services to help you feel at home. From housing and employment assistance to language support and educational resources, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

A world-class healthcare system

Victoria has a world-class healthcare system, supported by some of the best doctors, nurses and healthcare workers in the world. Victoria is home to some of Australia’s best hospitals and medical research centres. Victoria’s healthcare system is constantly evolving and adapting to meet the needs of a growing population. As a healthcare worker in Victoria, you will have access to the latest technologies and treatments, as well as opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research projects.

A range of financial supports are available

The Government of Victoria offers a number of financial supports to eligible healthcare professionals relocating to Victoria. These supports can help cover the costs of moving, retraining and establishing your new life in Victoria.

The Victorian Government offers an international travel allowance to help cover relocation costs:

  • $10,000 for health care workers who obtain a position in a metropolitan public health service
  • $13,000 for health care workers who obtain a position in a rural or regional health service


This program is open to healthcare professionals who:

  • are currently living overseas, which may include returning Australian citizens or non-residents who meet Commonwealth visa requirements
  • are international applicants whose occupation is on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and
    • have obtained employment in a Victorian health service between April 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 and intend to work in the Victorian public health system for at least two years, and
    • can access Australian registration or accreditation relevant to their profession
  • are fully immunized (including traveling families) against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved or recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The Skilled Professions List (SOL) includes, but is not limited to, the following healthcare professions:

  • General practitioner (253111)
  • Hospital pharmacist (251511)
  • Industrial pharmacist (251512)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
  • Doctors nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Orthotist or prosthetist (251912)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Registered Nurse (Elderly Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered nurses nec (254499)
  • Resident doctor (253112)
  • Retail pharmacist (251513)
  • Social Worker (272511)

For a comprehensive list of all occupations on the Skilled Occupations List, please refer to the Australian Skilled Occupations List.

For more information on who is eligible to enter Australia on the SOL, please see Commonwealth Home Office information.

How to register

Candidates can apply through the recruitment process with the employing Victorian Public Health Service. The allowance will be paid to eligible new employees through their health department.

Victoria is an ideal location for healthcare workers looking for career progression opportunities, access to world-class facilities and a supportive community. If you are thinking of moving, be sure to check out the financial support available to help you settle into your new life in Victoria.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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