Information for international candidates

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service welcomes applications from international candidates for advertised vacancies.

The following information is provided to assist international candidates.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is eligible to sponsor international candidates to obtain temporary and permanent working visas. ​​​​​Where labour market testing demonstrates that there are no suitably qualified and experienced Australian citizens or permanent residents available to fill a position, we will consider the use of the following visa subclasses:

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (subclass 187)

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia (regional Australia does not include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne). It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.

This visa allows the visa holder to:

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • Apply for Australian citizenship (if eligible)
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • Travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted. After that time, a resident return visa or another visa allowing return to Australia would be required.
Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a 187 visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia offering full-time ongoing employment for at least 2 years
  • are younger than 50 years of age, unless you are exempt
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless you are exempt

Further visa and immigration information: Australian Government – Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457)

This visa allows the visa holder to:

  • Work in Australia for up to four years
  • Bring their family to work or study in Australia
  • Travel in and out of Australia as often as they like.

Queensland Health has a business sponsorship agreement with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and can sponsor overseas workers for a period of between one day and four years.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a 457 visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be nominated to work in an approved occupation on the Skilled Occupation Lists (Formerly known as form 1121i)
  • meet the skill requirements for the nominated occupation
  • meet registration and licensing obligations
  • speak vocational English
  • have been nominated by an approved business

Additional information: Eligibility for the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa – Subclass 457

Please note: On 18 April 2017 the Australian Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. For more information, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Internationally qualified candidates must be eligible for registration to practice in Australia and meet the registration standards of their health profession which includes the English Language Skills Registration Standard and the Criminal History Registration Standard through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)