While thousands of people with dreams of an international career emigrate to Australia every year, those who work in healthcare and social services are most in demand. If you’re thinking about working abroad, consider how you can benefit from the high demand for all kinds of medical professionals and social workers in Australia. 

Opportunities available in Australia

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused challenges all over the world and one challenge in Australia has been a shortage of skilled healthcare workers. While the pandemic is over, the shortage has not subsided due to an ageing population and an increased demand for mental health services.

 According to the Australian Healthcare Practitioner Regulation Agency, more than 27000 internationally trained practitioners have registered to work in Australia since 2022. This includes more than 15 000 nurses and midwives.

The number of international professionals working in social care in Australia has also grown and continues to grow. The Australian Bureau of Statistics notes that more than 40% of registered nurses, aged and disabled carers in 2021 were born outside of Australia. 

Which roles are most in demand? 

While the demand for GPs will always remain high, especially in rural areas across Australia’s vast landscape, there are also a variety of other healthcare roles that need to be filled. Global Health Education Australia lists nursing as the most in demand job as Health Workforce Australia predicts a shortage of over 100 000 nurses by 2025.

As the mental health sector grows, the country is also looking for counsellors and psychologists as well as telehealth specialists. Allied health jobs, which includes social work, speech therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are also high on the list of opportunities for internationally qualified therapists who want to work abroad.

Achieve your goal of a career in Australia

Once you have the qualification you need to practice your profession in Australia, do plenty of research to find out what other requirements should be met. For example, if you want to work as a nurse in Australia, you need to apply and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and meet specific visa requirements – read more here. If you want to practice as a physiotherapist, you’ll need to register with a different board within the Australian Healthcare Practitioner Regulator Agency.

Another requirement will be an IELTS test. The world’s most trusted English test is used to ensure that everyone who applies to work in Australia can communicate with ease. Check which IELTS test you should take and what your minimum required IELTS band score will be, by confirming with the institution you plan on applying to work at.  The British Council can support you with free access to our most popular preparation course, IELTS Ready Premium. Simply register for your test with us today and get started on your plan to work in Australia!