Frequently Asked Questions

What makes NZLocums different to other agencies recruiting for NZ and Australia?

Most importantly, we are a not-for-profit service specifically for rural communities in New Zealand. Unlike other recruitment agencies we don’t charge a fee to either the practice or the locum for our recruitment services.

Where are the vacancies?

Short term, long term and permanent vacancies are available throughout rural or urban New Zealand. For more information please visit our rural or urban vacancies page or register now.

Will I have to work on-call?

Most practices have an on-call element as part of the role.

How do I get registered / licensed to practice?

Before you can work as a medical practitioner in New Zealand you will need to apply for registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. NZLocums can advise you on your eligibility for registration and we will work with you throughout the registration process.

What is ‘IELTS’ and do I have to sit it?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. If English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of your English proficiency before the Medical Council will consider your application for registration. You may be exempt from sitting IELTS if you have worked in an English speaking environment for more than two years in the last five years. For more information about IELTS visit the IELTS website.

Do I have to have medical indemnity insurance?

Yes, you are required to have indemnity insurance if you are practicing as a doctor in New Zealand.

Do I need health insurance or am I covered under the New Zealand Public Health System?

If you are intending to work in New Zealand for under two years we would recommend getting health insurance as you are not covered by the New Zealand Public Health System.

Is housing provided?

If you are working as a roving locum your accommodation will be covered during all your short term placements. For long term and permanent placements this will be negotiated with the practice.

Is a car provided?

If you are working as a roving locum you will be provided with a vehicle during your placements. If you are on a long-term or permanent contract you may be provided with a vehicle for the first month or until you can buy one of your own. For more information on purchasing a vehicle in New Zealand visit Trademe.

What is the cost of living like?

Most New Zealanders have quite a high standard of living. The New Zealand Immigration Service has a useful website to give you an idea of the cost of living.

How does childcare and schooling work for my children?

If your children are over five years old they can attend school in New Zealand.  For more information about schooling in New Zealand visit the Ministry of Education website.

Is there someone who has worked in New Zealand that I could talk to?

Absolutely!  Lots of doctors who have worked through NZLocums are happy for us to pass on their email addresses.  Just ask us for their contact details.

What costs do I have to cover?

  1. Professional indemnity insurance (essential in New Zealand)
  2. Flights to and from New Zealand for you and your family (we cannot cover the cost of your family’s travel around New Zealand)
  3. While New Zealand is generally regarded as a safe place for travellers, it is recommended that all visitors  have relevant insurance protection. Please remember to buy your travel insurance before you arrive here
  4. Work visa application
  5. Medical Council of New Zealand registration fees
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