Could this be the last chance for UK Dentists to find long term employment opportunities in Australia?
Immigration is constantly headline news in Australian politics and never more so than at present, with significant changes to the visa process arriving in March 2018.
While no accurate guidance has been provided as to the likely situation after March 2018, it is clear that dentists choosing to explore a career in Australia will find it increasingly difficult find employment and sponsorship after March 2018.
Potential changes could include: –
- Further lowering of the maximum age
- An increase in the minimum post graduate experience
- Stronger training requirement
We are still experiencing substantial demand from our Australian dental clients with a general shortage of skilled dentists available. Larger numbers of recent graduates from new dental schools in Australia has done little to address the 30 years of undersupply combined with rapid population growth, particularly throughout the East Coast.
Dentists are still required in reasonable numbers in Australia including for great coastal locations throughout Queensland and New South Wales in particular. Excellent income potential and the obvious outdoor lifestyle benefits still make Australia an attractive proposition.
Modern, well equipped practices combined with high numbers of patients with dental insurance cover and an ability to set appropriate pricing for treatments gives dentists good income while also having more time to devote to their patients needs.
It is possible that from April 2018, new changes may come in to force allowing UK dentists the opportunity to live and work in Australia. In our opinion however, any visa changes are likely to carry less favourable terms than the current options.
Our Australian based colleagues will be in the UK in October 2018 attending the BDIA Dental Showcase at the NEC in Birmingham. If you’d like to find out more about opportunities in Australia before the visa changes, come and see us on Stand R42 at the Show.