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How to apply - Medical Interns

Applications for the 2020 campaign will open Wednesday 8 May 2019

Applicants must be graduates of, or graduating from an Australian Medical Council accredited University.

All applicants are required to apply online. Only one application is required; you will be asked to indicate your preferred place of employment (Hobart, Launceston, North West Region) via the application form.  Applicants must list each site in order of preference.

Our online application form ensures all the information required to assess your application is provided. The form includes information on your eligibility to work in Australia and details of how to submit electronic reference requests.

The online application form requires you to include your University Student Number and your Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Intern Placement Number.  The Intern Placement Number is a unique number generated by AHPRA that is provided to medical schools for distribution to all 2019 final year medical students.

Applicants will also be required to indicate place of birth and where the applicant completed education Year 12 (State or Territory if born in Australia).  This information will be used to inform the data sets required by the National Medical Intern Data Manager.

Candidates should attach a CV/Resume and any other relevant information to their application and must arrange completion of two electronic referee reports (refer below).

Further information on the Intern role can be found in the Statement of Duties.

Please note that a written statement addressing the selection criteria is NOT required.


You will receive an automated response that confirms receipt of your online application.

Referee reports

Applicants MUST provide two referee reports:

  • One (1) referee that is employed in a clinical role (Clinical Academic) with the University where you are studying/or studied medicine and is aware of your studies in the past 12-24 months; AND
  • One (1) that is – a senior clinician (>4 years' experience post general registration) who has observed you (you have worked with) during your clinical placements in the past 12-24 months, and can comment on your suitability for hospital-based practice.

You must contact each referee by completing the information in our online referee report form which will send them an email requesting that they complete a report for you. Referee reports are to be requested, completed and submitted online. Please do not use Hotmail addresses where possible.

You will receive an email confirming that your referee report has been submitted. You will be required to ensure your referees provide the report in the required timeframe. If your report is not received a few days before it is due both you and your nominated referee(s) will be sent an email reminder.

Referees must complete the on-line referee report by midnight Friday 7 June 2019.

Please contact your referee to ensure that they are available to submit a report within the required timeframe.

Priority Placement Framework

In the mid 2000's workforce shortage was a major concern for the Australian health care system and in 2006 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) proposed changes including the announcement of additional medical positions to be phased in across the country.  These changes increased the number of medical graduates entering the Australian medical workforce.

As the major employer in the sector, the States and Territories have always partnered the Commonwealth in its education of medical students by providing clinical placements.  At the July 2006 COAG Meeting, each state and territory agreed to guarantee to provide medical intern positions for every Australian Government supported medical student graduating from their jurisdiction (Providing the medical student is assessed as suitable for employment).  This was in return for additional Commonwealth funding of undergraduate positions.

Tasmania, like all jurisdictions, maintains a medical intern recruitment and allocation priority list that determines the order in which medical intern positions are offered (based on applicant classification) as a way of meeting the COAG commitment and, in the Tasmanian context, managing any difference between the number of available/funded medical intern positions and the number of applicants.

The Tasmanian Health Service currently gives priority, in order, to:

  1. Australian permanent resident Tasmanian-trained Australian Government supported and full-fee paying medical graduates.
  2. Australian temporary resident Tasmanian-trained full-fee paying medical graduates.
  3. Australian permanent resident interstate-trained Australian Government supported and full-fee paying medical graduates.
  4. Australian temporary resident interstate-trained full-fee paying medical graduates.
  5. Medical graduates of an Australian Medical Council accredited overseas University.


All shortlisted applicants will be allocated a date and time to be interviewed, across the period when interviews will be conducted.  There will be the opportunity to choose a suitable time, however as time slots are allocated choice will become limited.

Interviews will be conducted in a face-to-face setting. Interview questions will be directly related to the selection criteria and allow applicants to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and attitudes relevant to the position. Interview sites will include Burnie, Hobart, Latrobe and Launceston and to limit travel inconvenience, applicants are encouraged to elect to be interviewed at the site nearest to where they are based at time of interviews.  The site of interview will NOT influence assessment results or guarantee placement.  Following interview successful applicants will be placed in an order of merit with applicant performance at interview accounting for 70% of the overall score, and each referee report accounting for 15% of the overall score.  Vacant positions will be offered in order of merit and the Tasmanian Health Service Priority Placement Framework.

Special Circumstances and Joint Applications

Applicants who have special circumstances or are making a joint application must let us know when you are applying via the application form. Please provide as much information as you can. Special circumstance requests will not be considered if they are not provided at the time of application (unless the circumstance arises after application).

Notification of Offers

Initial offers will be made nationally from Monday 15 July 2019. You will have two days to accept or decline an offer made to work in Tasmania.


If successful, applicants will need to obtain Provisional or Limited Registration with the Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA) prior to commencement of employment in a position normally occupied by an Intern.  Successful applicants must satisfy a pre-employment check before taking up the appointment.  The following checks are to be conducted:

1) Conviction checks in the following areas:

  • crimes of violence
  • sex related offences
  • serious drug offences
  • crimes involving dishonesty

2) Identification check

3) Disciplinary action in previous employment check

Starting Work

The medical intern year commences on Monday 6 January 2020. Interns are required to undertake a paid orientation program prior to the start of the official hospital year on 13 January 2020.

Successful applicants must hold provisional or limited registration with AHRPA.  Students will need to make application for AHPRA registration as soon as possible to enable adequate time for registration to occur prior to the commencement of employment. The Clinical Schools will provide information and assistance in regard to AHPRA registration.

Successful applicants who are not Australian Citizens or do not hold permanent Resident status will need to obtain an appropriate work visa in order to undertake paid employment in Australia.  Medical Recruitment Staff will provide assistance if required.

Please apply online: