How to get a 19AB Exemption

There are a few 19AB exemptions available to overseas trained doctors; DWS is the most common one.

Here is a quick summary of the various 19AB exemptions available:

– District of Workforce Shortage- it is possible to work anywhere in Australia in an after hours capacity. This is from 6pm to 8am weekdays, and all weekend. This is eligible for a 19AB exemption.

– After hours exemption – it is possible to work anywhere in Australia in an after hours capacity. This is from 6pm to 8am weekdays, and all weekend. This is eligible for a 19AB exemption.

– Locum exemption – it is possible to work anywhere in Australia as a locum for a period of up to 6 months. This is eligible for a 19AB exemption. We have a few clients with multiple practices in the same city, so it is possible to have a 12 month contract, with 2 x 6 month placements. Scheduling these can be a bit tricky but if your dates are relatively flexible it is possible.

– Spousal exemption – if your partner is a GP one of you may qualify for an exemption. The criteria for these exemptions has recently been tightened up so it is actually very difficult, contrary to what some agents will tell you. For the most accurate advice please contact us to discuss your situation.

-Replacement exemption – If a practice has previously recruited a GP when they were in a DWS and that GP leaves, it is sometimes possible to get an exemption for a replacement GP – even if the area is no longer DWS. Once again please contact us to discuss your situation as there are a number of requirements that have to be met.

We have a few clients looking for long term locum GPs (in great locations) and also after hours GPs – so contact us for more information about these options.