FAQs for Employers

At Ochre Recruitment, we endeavour to issue plain, practical information in a logical format to all employers who wish to use our services to fill medical job vacancies throughout Australia and New Zealand. There are instances, however, where employers need additional details and context about the services we provide, such as the scope of our network, registration costs, the types of doctor roles we recruit for, or visa and immigration assistance. Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive from employers.

If you have any questions that have not been answered below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Medical Employer FAQs

  • What are the advantages of partnering with Ochre Recruitment?

    We remove the hassle and stress of the recruitment process. We take care of everything, including advertising and promoting your vacancy, screening candidates, registration, and getting the doctor on the ground and ready to work, so you can get on with running your medical service and doing what you do best.

  • Does it cost anything to register a vacancy?

    There is no cost to register a vacancy with our organisation. However, before we can actively start work on finding a suitable doctor for your vacancy, we need you to contact Kelly Doran. 

    We typically work with most clients on a contingent basis and charge a fee, at which point we find a doctor for their role. For select clients however, we also offer premium recruitment service, including client-specific marketing campaigns, executive search and managed services - services such as this typically sit outside of our standard offering and function on a retained basis. 

    If you have high volume needs for specialised or hard to fill roles and you would like further information about how we may assist you, then please get in touch.

  • How broad is your network?

    We have a large community of established locums and nearly 20 years of experience in recruiting both locally and internationally for permanent positions.

  • What types of employers do you partner with?

    We work with hospitals, small family practices, large healthcare organisations and of course our own Ochre Health medical centres. We also work with correctional services, aged care facilities, mining organisations, Aboriginal Medical Services and Community Controlled Health Services.

  • What types of doctor roles do you recruit for?

    While our main focus is on primary care, rural generalist and Indigenous health GP roles (both locum and permanent), we also have a range of hospital jobs for doctors in all medical specialties, such as emergency medicine, medicine, anaesthetics, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery and psychiatry.

  • From which countries do you source international doctors?

    The majority of doctors we work with are from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Republic of Ireland. For New Zealand we also place doctors from Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, RSA, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the USA. 


    When working with doctors we follow regulatory and migration guidelines determined by the NZMC, AMC, AHPRA, specialty colleges and Immigration.

  • How long will it take to find a doctor, and how long will it take to place a doctor?

    Finding the right doctor really does depend on several factors, such as: the quality of your offering, work requirements, conditions and benefits, location, regulatory requirements, your reputation, your value proposition, and your organisation’s unique selling points. 

    Given the medical workforce issues that exist in Australia and New Zealand, the uniqueness of your offering and competitiveness of role will go a long way to enhancing the fill rate. 

    In addition to this, the supply of available and eligible local and international talent will also play a part in how long it takes to find a suitable doctor. If you would like further insights into how your role compares in the marketplace compared to other positions, please contact one of our expert consultants.

  • We’ve recruited a GP—can you assist with the Registration process?

    Yes. We help with all aspects of registration so your GP can start as soon as possible. We facilitate the registration of a candidate through the various Australian Medical Council pathways, including Area of Need, Competent Authority Pathway, Partially Comparable Pathway, General Registration, and Specialist Pathway Program.

    Once a doctor has been recruited for a practice or hospital in New Zealand,  we help guide the doctor through the whole registration process: finding the best registration pathway, collating and checking their paperwork, monitoring their application and booking their Medical Council interview. We also help with applying for medical indemnity and provide information on paying tax and setting up a New Zealand bank account.

  • Thank you for placing that GP for us—will you now assist with visas and immigration?

    Yes absolutely. We are partnered with Lucy Huang (MARN: 1169908) at Esperance Migration who specialises in visa applications for doctors coming to Australia. Lucy can assist with the visa process to draft, lodge and manage the application until the visa is finalised. 

    For doctors who are already in Australia on a working visa, Lucy is an expert at assisting health care professionals apply for permanent residency and is always happy to conduct an initial assessment free of charge. 

    In New Zealand, the process of applying for a visa is much more streamlined - our team can send you some information regarding the process. The majority of the doctors we place are then able to apply for visas independently. If a doctor does require further assistance with lodging their New Zealand visa, then we can refer you to a registered NZ migration agent.    

  • How do you verify the qualifications and experience of your candidates?

    Our comprehensive screening process and credentialing process includes police checks, professional references, registration checks, and international verification. We also require 100 points of ID, obtain certified copies of a doctor’s qualifications, complete medical skills assessment criteria, and English language proficiency. 

    As an ISO9001 accredited organisation and a member of the RCSA and AMRANZ, we maintain the highest quality standards. We always endeavour to only put the best applicants forward, so that our clients have peace of mind when accepting an Ochre doctor. 

  • Can I speak to a consultant about my unique staffing needs?

    Yes of course. We have dedicated consultants in our in Australian and New Zealand Primary Care, Rural Generalist and Hospital Specialty Divisions who are only too happy to assist and would love to hear from you.

  • Are there any Terms and Conditions to be aware of?

    Ochre Recruitment has standard terms of business in place for our Australian and New Zealand clients. For a copy of our Terms, please contact one of our speciality consultants.

    If you have any specific questions regarding our standard terms of business we are always happy to set up a call to discuss this with you further.

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