Working in Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand are highly sought-after destinations for people to live and work – and with good reason.

An enviable lifestyle

Both countries offer beautiful and varied natural environments, with golden beaches, mountains, unspoilt forests and stunning landscapes. The great climate makes you want to get outside, and there’s an enormous amount of outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy. You’ll also find a vast choice of entertainment and cultural options and top-class dining establishments.

Excellent education

The educational and leisure facilities that both countries offer make them ideal places for raising a family. The work-life balance that you’ll be able to achieve means you’ll have more time to spend with your family to share all the opportunities and experiences your new home offers.

Is working in Australia or New Zealand right for me?

Deciding to live and work in Australia or New Zealand is a big step to take. Before you begin the process of relocating as a medical practitioner, there are many complex issues you will need to consider to make sure the decision is right for you.


One important issue is your eligibility for medical registration and the regulatory pathway you will need to follow to achieve this. Another is the process you must go through with the relevant immigration department to obtain a visa to allow you to work in Australia or New Zealand.

Personal factors

There are also personal issues to consider, such as the potential costs of relocation and the implications to your family, as well as housing, schooling and the cost of living.

Your questions answered

Jon & Jon Medical has produced A Guide to Working and Living in Australia and New Zealand. This guide provides a detailed overview of the issues and processes involved in relocating to and working in both countries.

Everyone’s circumstances are unique and you may also find it helpful to receive specific advice tailored to your needs. That’s where we fit in. You’ll find the services of Jon & Jon Medical to be of great benefit as you work through the issues involved in the big decision to relocate. Our experienced recruitment consultants provide expert advice to help you with each part of the process.

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We believe Australia and New Zealand are great countries to live, work and raise a family in, and we will be delighted to help you relocate.

What our overseas doctors have to say…

"I have just returned from a year working in Sydney as a GP from June 2015. I am a UK trained GP and I found the administration process very complex. Jon & Jon was extremely helpful in supporting me through this process. They were the only recruitment consultancy that responded in a timely fashion and listened to my specific requirements. I contacted about 8 different companies but none of their suggestions were suitable for my requirements. Jon & Jon worked hard to find me two 6 month jobs in great locations, for the hours I wanted and for good remuneration. I thoroughly enjoyed working as a GP in Sydney and am grateful to Jon & Jon for the opportunities they provided. Their knowledge of the city and the medical system is exceptional. I would highly recommend them to friends and colleagues."

Dr Kate.F
General Practitioner

"I would have no hesitation in recommending Jon and Jon Medical Recruitment Consulting. As a doctor who is usually based in Ireland - I required a very competent locum agency to manage the logistics of finding work for me in rural Queensland. I dealt with Jonathan McKenzie who was diligent in finding the most suitable position for me. He kept in regular contact throughout and I was very impressed with his professionalism."

Dr John.B
ED SMO / Obstetrician