Having visited Australia and New Zealand on a working holiday visa five years ago, I’m really keen to return to Australia. I know that since I’ve already had a working holiday visa I can’t apply for another one and anyway, I’m over 30. Is there another way? I’m an experienced physiotherapist and don’t have any particular preferences regarding location although it would be nice to live near the coast.
Australia implemented national registration, which replaced the state registration process, on 1 July 2010. If you had a current Australian state registration when this was implemented, you would have transitioned to join the national registration and accreditation scheme – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). If you have maintained New Zealand registration, with a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC), you would be eligible to apply to AHPRA under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition (TTMR) agreement. If you have not maintained Australian registration, you will be required to re-apply to AHPRA for registration. Assuming you previously had a full state registration, you will not need to go through the examination process.
Business sponsorship, allowing temporary residence, would be the category which seems most suitable for you. In this instance you must commit to one employer for a specific period, which would be indicated on an employment offer, should you be successful.
If you are flexible and willing to consider a variety of different locations, there are usually several opportunities available year round. Generally, although there are clients willing to undertake sponsorship in both the public and private sectors, the majority of employment is to be found in large regional centres and country destinations in public hospital environments. There is often less opportunity for long term work in cities although these do present from time to time for physiotherapists. There are also numerous positions offering work permits in New Zealand.