I am a Canadian qualified physiotherapist with two years post graduate experience and have numerous friends in Australia. I am interested in working in various destinations and would also like to work in New Zealand. My friends have told me there is considerable locum work in Australia. Is there any benefit in using your agency?
Since you qualified fairly recently we assume you are under 30 and would therefore be eligible for an Australian working holiday visa. Our registered migration agents can offer you advice in this regard. Given that you would like to work in New Zealand as well as Australia, it would be best for you to consider working in New Zealand first and apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand. Following that you could then apply for registration in Australia via the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition (TTMR) agreement and work in Australia. Your friends are correct in advising you that there are numerous positions for physiotherapists although the demand increases at certain times of the year and in specific destinations.
Using an agency takes the hard work out of securing employment. We make the necessary phone calls, negotiate the rate of pay and can sometimes even assist you in sourcing accommodation! We regularly arrange positions for candidates before they arrive and market them for subsequent positions. If you can spend your limited time exploring your new location rather than hunting for work, why wouldn’t you!
There is a Canada/New Zealand Working Holiday scheme in place for applicants under 30, enabling you to undertake work to fund your travels within New Zealand. Like Australia, your stay must not exceed 12 months and must apply for the visa before leaving Canada. If you decided you wanted to stay in Australia or New Zealand for more than 12 months there is the potential to secure a visa or work permit subject to your employment.