What if the practice I’ve been offered a job with loses DWS?

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What if the practice I’ve been offered a job with loses DWS?


District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) changes annually in February. There is no exact date however February is the time, so we usually encourage our clients and doctors to be prepared prior to Feb 1 to make sure they’re secure if they’re in the process of recruiting, or being recruited.

If the location loses DWS, can a doctor still be recruited?

Yes- If you have evidence that you were in negotiations prior to DWS being lost then you can apply to the Department of Health for an exemption based on this fact. The evidence will be reviewed and approved accordingly.


What evidence will need to be provided?

The best form of evidence is a signed contract and a screenshot of the practice location while it was a DWS location. This gives you the best opportunity of success with your applications.

Department of Health has access to what was DWS previously, and other documentation can include emails discussing interview confirmations or the details of the contract. There needs to be clear and concise evidence that there was intent to offer/accept a job.

How long do I have to present this evidence?

Indefinitely. The Department understands it can take time to go through the negotiation process, and if required through PESCI and AHPRA and so there is no expiry time on applying for this exemption.


If you have any questions about the upcoming DWS changes, please get in touch with our team.

People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in   Recruitment of General Practitioners,   Migration for all with a special emphasis on Medical and   Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.


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