GP Recruitment

Alecto services for employers

  • Looking for a GP to fill a vacancy in your practice?
  • Struggling to find good GPs who want to live and work in your area?
  • Finding the GP recruitment process  is consuming time you just don’t have?
  • Or perhaps you want to attract a GP from overseas, but find are baffled by the Distribution Priority Areas classification,   DWS, 19AB, 19AA and all the technicalities?

If this sounds like you, then talk to Alecto today. As a specialist medical recruitment agency focussed exclusively on GP practices, we understand medical workforce issues intimately, and can take the pain out of recruiting a great GP for your practice. We currently have dozens of FRACGP, vocationally registered GPs from Australia and overseas available for recruitment to GP positions right around the country.

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How to find a GP in Australia?

The key to GP recruitment is to plan ahead. With Alecto, that can be as simple as calling us, giving us a few details about the position you need to fill, and then letting us do the heavy lifting. We’ll work with you to develop a ‘pipeline’ of GPs to fulfil your needs – keeping in mind the limitations of government regulations and the supply of qualified GPs.

If you’re recruiting from overseas, we can provide strategies for dealing with the District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) and 19AB/19AA exemptions generally. And our experience in medical recruitment means that we know our way through all the accreditation obstacles you’re likely to encounter. Our consultants liaise with the regulatory authorities to ensure that we can brief both employers and candidates on the progress of their applications.

We brief our candidates on the kind of community they will be serving and living in, so you can be sure the GP you recruit will be a good fit. And we assist them with resettlement, so your new GP can get straight down to work, undistracted by issues like housing or schools. And just in case one of our GP’s doesn’t work out to be a perfect fit, we offer a money-back guarantee.


  • We carefully review the paperwork that a practice provides us when they have a replacement exemption, and while it is unlikely that there will be issues with any jobs listed below, we are unable to guarantee Medicare will approve the exemption.
  • These jobs can be filled quickly (sometimes by the practice themselves or another recruiter). We regularly update information about the availability of these roles, however at times clients are slow to notify us when roles have been filled – so we aren’t able to guarantee the availability of any of the DPA exemptions below.
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How to Get the Most from Working with Your GP Recruitment Agency


Work with no more than two GP recruitment agencies at a time. This will save you a lot of stress and effort in the long run. GPs will often contact more than one agency at a time, so you can easily receive the same CV from multiple agencies (which can lead to duplication and false starts).

Ideally, work exclusively with one agency once you are confident in their abilities. Agencies are paid on success: the more agencies involved, the lower the incentive for each agency to invest time, work and money in recruitment. In contrast, when an agency operates exclusively, there is a high incentive to provide excellent service because efforts will be rewarded.

If you get a CV from different agencies that appears to be for the same person, contact the agency immediately to confirm the full name of the candidate. If there is a double up, it is important that both agencies are notified immediately.

Keep in contact with your designated consultant. Let them know if you have filled the vacancy through other means.

Be clear about the employment terms you are offering to your next GP. What percentage of billings will you offer? Will you offer a minimum guarantee?

As a general rule, if you have an open relationship with your consultant, things will run very smoothly.

When discussing a job with a GP, you will find it best to be discrete about the recruitment fee. While it is a genuine cost to your practice, talking about it will make the GP feel uncomfortable and they will usually choose to pursue other options afterwards (as we have seen happen many times before).

If you need help drafting a letter of offer or a contract, let your consultant know—they will probably be able to help.

Contact us today

Don’t let GP recruitment get you down. Call or contact us today. We will listen to your needs and requests and start looking for suitable candidates straight away.

To list your vacancy complete the form below or call us on 1800 604 332. Please note by listing your vacancy with us, you are agreeing to our medical recruitment terms and conditions. Please contact us for a copy of these terms and conditions.

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Why Alecto?

At Alecto Australia, we are committed to finding GP jobs that suit your individual preferences and needs. Because we specialise in sourcing the best GP jobs for the best GPs, we have access to the largest number of permanent GP jobs in Australia.

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