How do I know if a Doctor is eligible for a 19AB spousal exemption?

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Date Updated: 2024-06-04

A Doctor is eligible for 19AB spousal exemption if their spouse resides in Australia and is either a:

  • Medical practitioner (that is unrestricted by 19AB)
    • They must have an unrestricted Provider Number. This means they have met or have an ongoing exemption from 19AB, or aren’t restricted by 19AB. They must also have the ability to bill Medicare for rebates.
  • Skilled migrant that:
    • Has a General Skilled Migration visa
    • Migrated to Australia in the past 10 years on a skilled occupation visa
    • Has been assessed by the relevant skilled body
    • Is currently working, volunteering or undertaking a training placement in that occupation

If they meet the criteria above, then the Doctor may be able to work in a Non-DPA area so that they may be close to their spouse. You can read more on how to apply for a spousal exemption here.

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