Melbourne and Regional Victoria, Australia – Join the Community

The state of Victoria in Australia is striving to make its people the healthiest in the world and requires healthcare professionals like YOU to make that vision a reality. Are you ready to join the community?

Victoria’s world-class health system offers professionals an unrivalled opportunity for career advancement, competitive wages and supportive multidisciplinary teams. Being a part of the Victorian public health system means legislated nurse-to-patient ratios in most public health services; state-of-the-art facilities; sector-leading innovations; cutting-edge technology; and a safe, inclusive work environment where your work-life balance matters and patient care comes first.

Victoria’s public health service is consistently rated in the top 10 of global health systems. The state has more than 200 hospitals and health services that make a difference to the health and well-being of more than 6.7 million Victorians. From large general hospitals in metropolitan centres to regional community health clinics, Victorian healthcare provides workers with a range of options to decide where they live and work.

Join a Team That Makes a Difference

Victoria has one of the highest life expectancies and one of the lowest infant mortality rates of anywhere in the world. The secret to this standard of care is the health and mental health professionals who make up Victoria’s health workforce.

For that reason, Victoria prioritises the growth, development and well-being of its healthcare teams, from legislating safe patient care in hospitals (nurse-to-patient ratios) to training opportunities across the full range of Victoria’s healthcare services, from metropolitan and regional health and mental health.

The Victorian Government is delivering world-class health infrastructure including opening Australia’s first specialist cardiac hospital, as well as building and expanding hospitals, mental health facilities and community health services across Victoria.

The Victorian Department of Health funds training and development programs for its hardworking professionals. Specialist training, development programs and placements are available across all areas of healthcare, including for medical professionals, nurses, mental health, specialists, regional health workers and allied health staff.

Live & Work in Victoria, Australia!

To help with your move, the Victorian government offers relocation packages for healthcare workers who take up a position in the Victorian public healthcare system. This can be as high as $10,000 for roles in a metropolitan area, or $13,000 for roles in a regional area. To be eligible for these relocation packages candidates need:

  • to secure a job with a Victorian public health service with the intention of working within the Victorian public health system for at least two years;
  • have relevant Australian accreditation for the role;
  • and proof of COVID-19 vaccination by a recognised and approved vaccine.

Additional supports exist for workers taking up positions within the mental health or drug and addiction support services in regional Victoria.
Securing a position within the Victorian public health system will streamline your application for your visa into Australia. Should you wish to stay longer, you can apply for a visa to become a permanent resident in Australia.
To work in the Victorian public health system, healthcare professionals must first register with the appropriate state board. A full list of boards, with further details on how to register, can be found here.

Discover, Explore, Live Life Your Way

Victoria can make you feel at home whatever your lifestyle. From summer days on the beach, to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, the nine regional cities or bushwalks through beautiful sights in nature.

With its population of 5 million people, Melbourne is one of Australia’s most culturally diverse cities, boasting the 10th largest immigrant population of any city in the world. It remains one of the world’s most liveable cities, ranking at the top of The Economist’s liveable cities index for most of the past decade. The city is a hive of activity, sightseeing and live music, and is one of Australia’s main cultural centres.

Beyond Melbourne lies regional Victoria, home to some of Australia’s most famous wineries, spectacular mountain ranges, glistening coastlines, national parks and natural beauty. From bushwalks and trail-rides to days at the beach, there is plenty to do only a short car ride from one of Victoria’s many regional city centres.

Make Your Next Healthcare Career Move

Eager to discover opportunities to live and work in Victoria? The Victorian Department of Health is the official destination partner for multiple Healthcare Job Fairs being held all over the world in 2023. Find a job fair near you and take your first step towards the healthcare role of a lifetime!

The Healthcare Job Fair unites the world’s leading healthcare providers in one space, allowing jobseekers to find the healthcare posting that matches their career and lifestyle aspirations.

Discover what life has to offer and find out what opportunities await you in Victoria, Australia.

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