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Work in Australia as an Anaesthetist


There is no age limit or points score requirement to work in Australia as an Anaesthetist. Due to a shortage of qualified Anaesthetists in Australia, the role is on the Core Skills in Demand List. This means Internationally Qualified Anaesthetists are able to live and work in Australia with the new Skills in Demand (SID) Visa.


If you are an Anaesthetist seriously considering working in Australia then Medical Migration would love to hear from you. We work exclusively with ‘job ready’ Medical Professionals and approved Employers throughout Australia with active hiring opportunities for Internationally Qualified Anaesthetists.

Skills in Demand Visa for Anaesthetists


  • Live and work in Australia
  • Includes immediate family members
  • There is no age limit to get a Visa
  • No minimum Immigration points score
  • Four year work visa
  • Clear pathway to Permanent Residence
  • Change employers with 180 days grace period
  • Visas processed in less than 4 weeks

Criteria to apply for Anaesthetist Jobs in Australia


While there are hundreds of vacancies for Anaesthetists in Australia, to be seriously considered for Employer Sponsored Anaesthetist jobs in Australia these are the steps you are required to take:


  • Primary Source Verification through ECFMG/EPIC
  • Submit qualifications for assessment by the AMC
  • Obtain a Job Offer from an Australian Employer
  • Apply for Provisional Registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Apply for a Skills in Demand Visa
  • Complete required supervision and training
  • Engage in continuous professional development
  • Achieve General or Specialist registration with ANZCA


Primary Source Verification


Primary Source Verification (PSV) is the process of verifying the authenticity of your qualifications as an Anaesthetist.


This verification comes directly from the original source (e.g., Universities and Medical Schools). This ensures that an Anaesthetist qualifications are genuine and meet the Australian standards.


Medical Migration™ is the fastest growing recruitment agency for Anaesthetist IMGs relocating to Australia. Our Medical Recruitment Specialists can arrange your Primary Source Verification: Learn More


Submit qualifications for assessment by the Australian Medical Council


Submit your Tertiary Medical and Anaesthetist qualifications for assessment by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Start by creating an AMC portfolio online at the AMC website. This portfolio serves as your primary hub for submitting documents and tracking your application status.


Next, initiate the primary source verification of your medical and Anaesthetist qualifications through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) using their Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) service.


Set up your EPIC account and submit your medical and Anaesthetist qualifications for verification. The ECFMG will verify your credentials and forward the reports directly to the AMC.


Determine the appropriate AMC assessment pathway for your qualifications. Depending on your training and Anaesthetist experience, you will follow either:


  • Competent Authority Pathway
  • Standard Pathway
  • Specialist Pathway


As an Anaesthetist, you will likely be on the Competent Authority Pathway. The Competent Authority Pathway is designed for international medical graduates (IMGs) who have already completed a recognized training program and have passed their examinations in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand. This pathway allows these IMGs to streamline the process of obtaining medical registration in Australia.


As an Anaesthetist on the Competent Authority Pathway you are exempt from the AMC CAT MCQ (Computer Adaptive Test Multiple-Choice Questions) Examination.


This examination is part of the Standard Pathway administered by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and evaluates the medical knowledge of Anaesthetist IMGs to ensure they meet the standards required for medical practice in Australia.


Complete the relevant AMC application form and collate all documents including your primary medical degree, internship or residency completion certificates. Ensure that you correctly certify all documents according to AMC guidelines. Submit these documents to the AMC for assessment and pay the following fees:


  • AMC Candidate Account Fee: AUD 500 (non-refundable)


  • EPIC Verification Fee: Varies based on the number of credentials being verified, typically around USD 100-125 per credential.


  • EPIC Report Fee: USD 47 per report sent to the AMC.


Once your qualifications are verified, the AMC will issue your AMC Certificate. This certificate is essential for registering with the Medical Board of Australia.


Our Medical Recruitment Specialists can arrange your Primary Source Verification, AMC Registration in our capacity as Medical Recruiter for the Australian Healthcare Sector: Learn More


With your AMC Certificate, apply for registration with the Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA) to legally practice as an Anaesthetist in Australia.


At this point you are considered ‘Job Ready’ and our teams will work tirelessly to match you with the right employer at no cost to you. We are not Visa Agents, we are Medical Recruitment Specialists that match Overseas Qualified Anaesthetists with Australian Healthcare Employers.


Specialist Registration in Australia as an Internationally Qualified Anaesthetist


All Anaesthetist applicants are required to already hold registration by the Medical Board of Australia. The type of registration (limited, provisional or general) depends on your qualifications and experience. Usually an Internationally Qualified Anaesthetist will be granted a Provisional License and then after 12 months this converts to full registration.


In Australia, the professional college responsible for anesthetists is the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). ANZCA is the institution that oversees the training, accreditation, and continuing professional development of anesthetists in Australia and New Zealand.


Specialist registration can be granted by ANZCA although expect this process to take between one and two years, whereas the Competent Authority Pathway can take as little as 4 months.


Area of Need Specialist Registration


There are a number of jobs in Australia for Anaesthetists in geographic areas of need. If you secure a job as an Anaesthetist in an ‘Area of Need’ you can fast track through the ANZCA registration and get registered with the Medical Board of Australia in less than 6 weeks.


However, you will only be able to practice in your designated ‘area of need’. Often, these areas of need are in very rural, remote areas of Australia and not suitable for families or long term relocation.


Obtain a Job Offer as an Anaesthetist in Australia


Medical Migration™ is the go to International Recruiter for Anaesthetists employers in the Australian Healthcare Industry.


As part of the Migration Consultant LLC network, our position within International Mobility is unrivaled. Take our Free Eligibility Check today if you are serious about working in Australia.

Skills in Demand (Employer Sponsored Visas) for Anaesthetists


We work exclusively with approved Healthcare sponsors throughout Australia to capitalize on the new Skills in Demand Visas in Australia for Anaesthetists.


This revolutionary new visa class makes it far easier for Australia employers to hire qualified foreign Anaesthetists, with a clear pathway to Permanent Residency. 


The Skills in Demand Visa lasts for an initial four years, benefits from processing time of less than 4 weeks, it also grants you 180 days to find a new employer should you choose to switch roles. There is no age limit for the new Skills in Demand Visas.


Medical Migration™ are not Australia Visa Agents. Any Visa processing is done by our parent Company, Migration Consultant LLC or in most instances, the employer.


Our candidates do not have to pay for their visa processing services and it is illegal in Australia to have a new hire pay their own Visa fees.


Working with Medical Migration™


Medical Migration™ are specialist Anaesthetist recruiters for the Australian Healthcare Industry.


We represent Internationally Qualified Anaesthetists and our team of 20+ recruiters deliver a full suite of recruitment services and enterprise talent solutions to the Australian Healthcare Sector.


Applying for Jobs in Australia as an Anaesthetist with Visa Sponsorship


We receive thousands of speculative Anaesthetist job inquiries each week from all over the World. Many of these applicants are suitable, although they do not hold Provisional Registration with the Medical Board of Australia.


As an Internationally Qualified Anaesthetist you will not progress to interview stage without this registration.


There are two ways of getting registered


  • Use our Medical Board of Registration Service


  • Complete the process yourself


  • Contact us after you have your license to practice as an Anaesthetist

What is the Cost?

Medical Migration™ can take responsibility for your entire Provisional Registration as an Anaesthetist, getting you 'Work Ready'.  You are assigned a dedicated account manager to work with you through the process, making your registration smooth and hassle free. Our fully managed end-to-end registration service costs just EUR 995.

Do you work with Anaesthetist Canditates from all over the World?

Medical Migration™ currently works with Internationally Qualified Anaesthetists from the following Countries:


  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • France
  • Germany
  • Netherlands

What Visa will I get?

As a foreign qualified Anaesthetist you are eligible for the Skills in Demand Visa (SID) provided you secure a formal job offer.


The Skills in Demand Visa has a clear path to Permanent Residence.


As a qualified Anaesthetist you may be eligible for other Australia Visas such as the subclass 189 190 and 491. However, because these Skilled Migration Visas require Specialist registration with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the process can take up to four years to process and the total cost for a family can run into many multiple $000's.

Am I tied exclusively to Medical Migration™

Once you have your Medical Board of Australia Registration as an Anaesthetist we will work to place you ASAP. However, you can still apply for Anaesthetist jobs on your own or through the usual sources.


You are not tied to us, yet we make our margin from the Healthcare Employers so we work hard to find your dream job in Australia.

Do I have to pay any Visa Fees?

It is illegal for an Australian Employer to charge you to process an Employer Sponsored Visa.

Are you MARA Registered?

We are not Visa Agents. We are a recruitment specialist that places overseas qualified Medical Professionals with jobs in Australia. Our parent Company, Migration Consultant LLC has access to a panel of Immigration Lawyers and Barristers in Australia that can be called upon, on a case by case basis although these fees will be covered by your employer.

What is the Skills in Demand visa for Anaesthetists?

The Specialist Skills Pathway is designed for Anaesthetists with guaranteed annual earnings of at least $135,000 AUD. This pathway offers priority processing within 7 days.


The Core Skills Pathway requires guaranteed annual earnings of at least $70,000 AUD and takes up to 21 days. It is unlikely that an Anaesthetist will be on the Core Skills Pathway.

Do I need to take an English Test to work in Australia as an Anaesthetist

If your Tertiary qualifications were taught exclusively in English there is no need for an Anaesthetist to sit an IELTS English test to work in Australia.

What are Anaesthetist 'Area of Need' Jobs in Australia?

In Australia, the demand for anaesthetists is high in several "areas of need," reflecting critical shortages that impact the delivery of healthcare services.


Rural and remote regions face challenges in attracting and retaining anaesthetists. These areas have limited access to specialized medical services, which means that surgical procedures requiring anaesthesia may be delayed or relocated to urban centers.


This creates a substantial gap in healthcare access for residents of these regions, emphasizing the urgent need for more anaesthetists to provide comprehensive surgical care locally.


Indigenous health services also experience a pronounced need for anaesthetists. Indigenous communities face higher rates of health issues requiring surgical intervention. The presence of anaesthetists who can provide culturally sensitive care is crucial for improving health outcomes in these communities.


By addressing this need, healthcare services can become more accessible and effective for Indigenous Australians, ensuring they receive the necessary surgical treatments without unnecessary delays.


Mental health services in Australia also highlight a critical area of need for anaesthetists. The growing awareness and diagnosis of mental health conditions have led to an increase in procedures like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which requires the expertise of Anaesthetists.


In regions with limited access to mental health care, the availability of anaesthetists is vital to support these procedures and ensure patients receive timely and effective treatment. Expanding the availability of anaesthetists in mental health services can significantly enhance the quality of care for individuals with severe mental health conditions.

What is the future job outlook for IMG Anaesthetists moving to Australia?

The employment outlook for international medical graduates (IMGs) specializing in anaesthesiology is highly favorable.


One of the primary drivers of this positive outlook is the demand for Anaesthetists across both rural and urban regions.


Rural areas face substantial shortages, creating numerous opportunities for IMGs to fill these critical gaps.


Financial incentives also make Australia an appealing destination for Anaesthetists. The average salary for anaesthetists is approximately AUD $350,000 per annum, with specialists earning over AUD $500,000 annually.


Locum consultants earn up to AUD $3,500 a day, making the financial prospects highly attractive.


Employment projections suggest a 14.2% increase in national employment over the next decade, with healthcare being a major contributor. This expansion translates into more job opportunities for Anaesthetists.


The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) provides support and professional development opportunities for Anaesthetists including  access to continuing education, resources, and advocacy efforts aimed at improving working conditions and patient care standards.

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