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WORK IN AUSTRALIA 
AS A SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
THERAPIST!

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STEPS TO WORK IN AUSTRALIA WITH HEALTHCARE ABROAD

POPULAR LOCATIONS AVAILABLE!

1

ELGIBILITY

CHECK VISAS/JOB ROLES - SEND US AN EMAIL TO REQUEST MORE INFO + BOOK IN FOR A CALL FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

2

REGISTRATION

LET US KNOW WHAT ROLE/VISA YOU ARE INTERESTED IN, WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH GUIDES AND SUPPORT YOU THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS

3

SUBMIT CV

ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTRATION, SEND THROUGH YOUR CV + BOOK IN FOR A CALL ON THE WEBSITE TO EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS WITH THE TEAM

4

INTERVIEW

WE HAVE LOTS OF FANTASTIC PARTNERSHIPS AND WILL ORGANISE INTERVIEWS WITHIN APPROX 1-3 WEEKS OF GAINING REGISTRATION

5

VISA

APPLY FOR YOUR VISA, HAND IN YOUR NOTICE, MAKE PLANS TO COME OUT, WE WILL PROVIDE SET UP GUIDES + INTRODUCE YOU TO OTHERS

JOB ROLES

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COMMUNITY

  • Types of roles availabe:

  • NDIS - National Disability Insurance Scheme - this is for clients under 65 years old with a disability (neuro/intellectual/physical/mental health)

  • The role can be working across the disability spectrum/lifespan or tailored to your interests

  • Elderly/Senior Health - home care/residential care

  • Paeds/16+/Adult/Elderly only caseloads available

  • Driving license required

  • Suggested experienced - 1-2 years+, confident new grads also welcome 

PRIVATE PRACTISE

  • Mainly paeds caseload but can also include some adults

  • Small supportive MDT environments - opportunities for joint sessions

  • Working primarily in well-established private clinics -One-one and group sessions

  • School and community/home visit

  • Telehealth

  • 1-2 years paeds experience preferred

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FAQS

WHAT ARE THE POPULAR VISA OPTIONS?
  • The Working Holiday/Work and Holiday Visa is a popular initial visa option for certain age groups/passport holders. This visa allows you to work for 12 months and costs AUD $485 (plus proof of AUD $5000 in savings). It is then very common to change to a more long-term visa once in Australia e.g. sponsorship/skilled 

  • From July 2024, UK passport holders are eligible for x3 WHV's without needing to complete specified/farm work

  • If you are not eligible for the Working Holiday Visa, want to stay for more than 12 months, or looking to migrate with your family, there are opportunities to gain a sponsorship/482 visa from an employer. Sponsorship requires you to have 2 years of SLT experience and we can introduce you to our partners who can offer this. The fees are: $2690 (adult) and $675 (child). This visa has a pathway to permanent residency after 3 years (if you are under 45).

  • If you want to gain permanent residency/PR straight away which is not employer supported, you can look at applying for your own PR Visa (189/190/491)

HOW DO I GET REGISTERED? 

  • There are 2 pathways - MRA (straight forward application form/a few supporting documents) and OSQCA (extensive portfolio)

  • Eligibility for MRA:

    • Completed your primary SLT degree in Ireland/UK/New Zealand/Canada

    • Be able to request a Certificate of Good Standing from your professional body, in order to obtain this, you will need to:

      • Hold CURRENT FULL membership with your professional body e.g., RCSLT/IASLT (those with new graduate membership are not eligible)

      • Held membership CONTINUOUSLY for the previous 12 months 

  • UK trained - Dysphagia competencies need to be signed off to level C (otherwise additional evidence may need to be provided e.g. completing a dysphagia course)

  • If you have trained in one of the countries eligible for MRA, we would suggest you make the necessary steps so that you can go down this pathway as is much easier than the OSQCA

HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?
  • The main fees you need to be aware of are for your Visa (above) and transferring your SLT license. The MRA (Mutual Recognition) assessment costs AUD $700 and then there is a fee to join as a certified SLT member which costs AUD $557 per year.

HOW DO I INTERVIEW AND SECURE A ROLE?
  • We are very well connected to employers throughout Australia - once you have gained your registration - MRA OR OSQCA (and ideally maximum 3/4 months before your planned start date), we will arrange interviews for you.

  • We have fantastic opportunities available and you can expect us to arrange suitable interviews for you within around 1-3 weeks after gaining your registration.

HOW WILL I GET SET UP/ WHAT ABOUT ACCOMMODATION?
  •  Once you have secured a role we can introduce you to other OT/PT/SLT's that are working in the same location and advise you on everything you need to know about moving to Australia, we are also always available before you leave/ when you arrive if you have any questions about the move

WHY AUSTRALIA?
  • SLT is very well respected and there are lots of opportunities to really progress in your career 

  • There are endless amounts of weekend trips/activities to do - waterfalls, rainforests, beaches, diving/snorkeling, surfing, wineries, vibrant cities

  • QUALITY OF LIFE! Generous salaries and good weather give you a fantastic quality of life

WHY HEALTHCARE ABROAD?

We offer unbeatable support from the first day you contact us and then throughout the whole process to work abroad, including:

  • Supporting you throughout the registration/license process including free guides and unlimited email/phone support

  • Helping you decide on the most suitable visa, job role, and location by a friendly team you can trust

  • Organizing you interviews with our partners, helping you secure a role before you leave

  • Providing you with everything you need to know about moving to your new country

  • Introducing you to other Healthcare Abroad OT/PT/SLTs that are working in the same location as you

  • Continue to be a point of contact for any questions while you are away

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