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Work in Australia as a Clinical Psychologist with Visa Sponsorship


There is no age limit or points score requirement to work in Australia as a Clinical Psychologist. Due to a shortage of qualified Clinical Psychologists in, the role is on the new Core Skills in Demand List.


This means Internationally Qualified Clinical Psychologists can live and work in Australia with the new Skills in Demand (SID) Visa with a clear pathway to Permanent Residence. This new Employer Sponsored Visa replaced the old TSS Visa and makes it much easier for employers to hire Clinical Psychologists.


If you are a Clinical Psychologist seriously considering working in Australia then Medical Migration™ would love to hear from you. We work exclusively with ‘job ready’ Mental Health Candidates and approved Employers throughout Australia actively hiring Internationally Qualified Clinical Psychology Professionals.

Skills in Demand Visa for Clinical Psychologists


  • Live and work in Australia
  • Includes immediate family members
  • No age limit to get a Visa
  • No minimum Immigration points score
  • Four year work visa renewable once (8 years total)
  • Clear pathway to Permanent Residence
  • Change employers with 180 days grace period
  • No English test required
  • Visas processed in less than 4 weeks
  • Migration Skills Assessment not required

Criteria to apply for Clinical Psychologist Jobs in Australia


While there are thousands of vacancies for Clinical Psychologists in Australia, to be seriously considered for Employer Sponsored Visas these are the steps you are required to take:


  • Get a Provisional License form the Psychology Board (AHPRA)
  • Obtain a job offer from an Australian healthcare employer
  • Apply for a Skills in Demand Visa
  • Engage in continuous professional development


Licensing as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia


To get an Employer Sponsored Clinical Psychologist job in Australia, overseas professionals must register with the Australian Health Psychology Board (AHPRA).


Without your Provisional Registration Medical Migration™ cannot present you to suitable employers. As you can imagine, Australian Clinical Psychology employers receive hundreds of speculative applications from all over the World.


Getting your provisional registration in place before approaching Clinical Psychology employers achieves the following:


  • Shows you are ‘Job Ready’
  • Demonstrates your commitment to actually moving to Australia
  • You are able to start work immediately
  • Shows you have passed background checks
  • Ensures you can work in Australia as a Clinical Psychologist


Even though you are a qualified Clinical Psychologist in your home country, Australian employers have no way of verifying this, so are unlikely to offer you an interview (or even reply to your application) without you being Licensed.


As a dedicated recruitment agency for Internationally Qualified Clinical Psychologists, Medical Migration™ can do your Psychology Board Registration for you, saving you time and giving you the reassurance of doing it correctly. Learn More


After your Psychology Board of Australia registration we will work to place you. Our Recruitment Service is available to all Clinical Psychologists that have their provisional registration, regardless of whether you used our Registration Services.


Step 1: Skills Assessment and Licensing


The skills assessment process for Clinical Psychologists is a complex process yet accessible if you follow the right steps. The purpose of licensing is to validate and provide evidence of your identity, skills, experience, and qualifications as a Clinical Psychologist.


Step 2: Academic Transcript Submission


Overseas Clinical Psychologist applicants need to have their original academic transcripts sent directly to the Psychology Board of AHPRA by their educational institution.


Step 3: Send Course Syllabus and Handbook


You may need to submit copies of the course syllabus or course handbook for each qualification, including learning outcomes, assessment tasks, and textbooks used for each unit. This is unlikely if you qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA or New Zealand.


Step 4: Internship or Supervised Practice


You must evidence the completion of at least 1500 hours of internship or supervised practice as a Clinical Psychologist, demonstrating competence in:


  • Knowledge of the discipline
  • Ethical, legal, and professional matters
  • Psychological assessment and measurement
  • Intervention strategies
  • Research and evaluation
  • Communication and interpersonal relationships
  • Working with people from diverse groups
  • Practice across the lifespan


You can provide evidence for the 1500 hours through:


  • Supervision reports
  • Supervision logs
  • Detailed position descriptions
  • Other placement reports


Step 5: Document Preparation for the Psychology Board of Australia


Prepare and submit the following documents:


  • APOS-76 form: Application for general registration as a Clinical Psychologist


  • Proof of Identity: Certified copies of your passport


  • Statement of Employment: Documentation covering the past five years


  • Proof of English Proficiency: Proof your education was in English


  • University Transcripts: Records of education and clinical hours


  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): also known as a Resume


  • Degree Certificates: Certified copies of your qualifications


  • Fit2Work: International criminal history check


  • Certificate of Good Standing: From your country’s Psychology board


Work Readiness


Only after completing the Skills Assessment can you engage in meaningful conversations with Clinical Psychology employers, as you will be considered ‘Work Ready’.


Apply for Jobs as a Clinical Psychologist in Australia


Medical Migration™ is the go to International Recruiter for Clinical Psychology employers in the Australian Healthcare Industry. We are not a general medical job board, we work personally with our clients to match them with suitable employers in Australia.


We only work with ‘Approved Employers’ of Clinical Psychologists in Australia. Being an Approved Employer means they have already received approval from the Australian Government to employ Overseas Qualified Clinical Psychologists.

Skills in Demand (Employer Sponsored Visas) for Clinical Psychologists


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


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


The Skills in Demand Visa lasts for an initial four years, and is renewable once (making 8 years in total).


The Visa benefits from processing time of less than 4 weeks, and it also grants you 180 days to find a new employer should you choose to switch roles. Unlike previous Employer Sponsored Visas, there is no age limit for the new Skills in Demand Visas.


Our Clinical Psychologist 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™ as an Overseas Qualfied Clinical Psychologist


Medical Migration™ is not a Visa Agency. We are specialist Clinical Psychology recruiters for the Australian Healthcare Industry.


We represent Internationally Qualified Clinical Psychologists and our team of 20+ recruiters deliver a full suite of recruitment services and enterprise talent solutions.


You must hold Provisional Licensing to be one of our Candidates


We receive thousands of speculative Clinical Psychologist job applications each week from all over the World. Many of these applicants are suitable, although they do not hold registration.


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


There are two ways of getting registered


  • Use our ‘done-for-you’ Psychology Board Registration Service


  • Complete the process yourself


Remember, as a Clinical Psychologist Recruitment Agency there is no cost to you to use our service, all we require is that you are Registered with AHPRA with your Provisional Clinical Psychologist License.

We receive all types of vacancies from our employers including specialist Clinical Psychology roles and even those suitable for Nurses in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa.

Key Qualification Requirements for Overseas Clinical Psychologists


  • be a licensed Clinical Psychologist in your home country
  • hold a Degree in Psychology
  • have a minimum Masters Level Qualification in Psychology
  • get registered with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • be of any age
  • pass Police and background checks
  • have no adverse medical conditions
  • be competent in English
  • receive an Offer of  Employment as a Clinical Psychologist

How Clinical Psychologist Employers in Australia can recruit from overseas


Hiring Clinical Psychologists from overseas has become easier for Australian employers with the new “Skills in Demand Visa,” which simplifies the previous Employer Sponsored (TSS) Visas.


Simplified Labor Market Testing


Employers no longer need to advertise positions through Workforce Australia. Now they only need to run two adverts for their Clinical Psychologist positions. The advertisement period has extended from four to six months.


Revamped Fee Structure


The Skills in Demand visa introduced a trailing fee model, reducing the financial burden of upfront payments for Clinical Psychologist employers. This also makes it easier for workers to move between employers by taking away the large upfront cost from the initial sponsoring employer.


Enhanced Employer Compliance


The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Act, effective from 1 July 2024, introduced stricter penalties and established new offenses for violations of sponsorship obligations. The approval process for Clinical Psychologists sponsorship applications will include a thorough examination of employer workplace practices, compliance history, any negative findings from regulatory bodies, and past bankruptcies.


Additional steps will enhance post-arrival monitoring to ensure employers adhere to fair pay and conditions for workers. This involves coordination with the tax system and the integration of Tax File Numbers and Single Touch Payroll systems.


These changes have made the Skills in Demand visa more straightforward for employers to hire overseas qualified Clinical Psychologists.

What is the cost to get Provisional Licensing as a Clinical Psychologist from the Psychology Board

Provisional Registration as a Clinical Psychologist in Australia costs just AUD $718 and takes around 12-24 weeks.


Medical Migration can handle the whole registration process for you from start to finish, simply take our Eligibility Check to get started

Do you work with Clinical Psychologist Canditates from all over the World?

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


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

What Visa will I get?

As a foreign qualified Clinical Psychologist 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, with no age limit.


As a qualified Clinical Psychologist you may be eligible for other Australia Visas such as the subclass 189 190 and 491. However, because these Skilled Migration Visas have an age limit, require a Skills Assessment and a certain number of points, the process can take up to two or more years to process.


The total cost for a Skilled Migration application can run into many $000's with no guarantee of success. The maximum cost of a Skills in Demand Visa is simply the cost of your Provisional registration.

Am I tied exclusively to Medical Migration™

Once you have your Provisional Registration as a Clinical Psychologist we will work to place you ASAP.


However, you can still apply for Clinical Psychologist jobs on your own or through the usual sources. You are not tied to us and their are no fees to use our recruitment service.

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 do not process Visas
  • Your Employer is responsible for your Visa Fees
  • We work with your new employer and their agents


We are a recruitment specialist that matches overseas qualified Clinical Psychologists with jobs in Australia. Any Visa fees will be paid for by your employer.

Whch Australian States do you operate in?

We actively recruit Clinical Psychologists for employers in the following Australian States:


  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Victoria
  • Tasmania
  • Northern Territory

What is the Skills in Demand visa for Clinical Psychology Candidates}?

The Specialist Skills Pathway is designed for Clinical Psychologists with a job offer 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.


The Essential Skills Pathway is targeted at essential workers with earnings under $70,000 AUD annually.

Do I need to take an English Test to work in Australia as a Clinical Psychologist

If your Tertiary qualifications were taught exclusively in English there is no need for a Clinical Psychologist to sit an IELTS English test to work in Australia or get registered with AHPRA.

What are the job prospects for a Clinical Psychologist in Australia?

The demand for clinical psychologists in Australia is driven by increasing awareness of mental health and the need for professional mental health services. This demand is reflected in the numerous job openings and competitive salaries for Clinical Psychologists.


Clinical psychologists in Australia can find employment in public hospitals, private practices, schools, community health centers, and specialized mental health facilities.


The salaries for these positions are competitive, with experienced professionals earning between AUD $96,000 and AUD $149,000 annually, with specialist positions offering higher compensation up to AUD $200,000 annually.


The job market for clinical psychologists is not limited to major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. There are also opportunities in regional areas such as Toowoomba, Alice Springs, and Kalgoorlie, where healthcare providers actively seek qualified psychologists to meet local needs. In addition, many roles have flexible working conditions and the ability to work from home.

Can you guarantee me a job in Australia as a Clinical Psychologist?

Seriously? Please don't ask us this question. Anyone who promises or guarantees you a job is best avoided. As Professional Recruiters we present our Clinical Psychology candidates in the best possible way.


We work hard to secure an interview with what we hope will be a great employer / employee match and always follow up and provide feedback.

As Clinical Psychologist, which jobs in Australia pay the most?

In Australia, the demand for Clinical Psychologists 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 Clinical Psychology professionals. These areas have limited access to specialized medical services, which means that healthcare concerns 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 Clinical Psychologists to provide comprehensive care locally.


Indigenous health services also experience a pronounced need for Clinical Psychologists. These communities face higher rates of health issues, although are often in isolated areas. These roles pay the best, and arguably help the greatest people in need.

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