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Recruitment and selection process overview

Queensland Rural Generalist pathway applications

Queensland Rural Generalist pathway applications are submitted first (usually in early March), and these applicants know the outcome of that application (but not which hospital to which they have been allocated) before the general campaign opens.

Those who are unsuccessful (i.e. they do not get accepted onto the Queensland Rural Generalist pathway) still have time to apply for a position through the general campaign.

Those who are successful find out which hospital they have been allocated to at the same time as all applicant group A candidates when the first round offers are released.

General applications

Applications are accepted for a two week period (usually in late May/June).

Graduates may apply for an intern position anywhere in Australia and all states and territories have agreed on a national intern allocation period.

After the application period has closed, applicants are sorted according to their applicant groups, preferences, and available positions at each facility.

Applicant group A candidates who applied for a special consideration/joint ticket/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Intern Allocation Initiative will be notified of their outcome and hospital allocation at the same time as all other applicant group A candidates.

Any applicant group A candidates who nominated an 'undersubscribed' or equal in numbers hospital as first preference will automatically be allocated to that facility.

Ballot process

Any applicant group A candidates who nominated an ‘oversubscribed’ hospital as first preference may be allocated to another facility via a ballot process.

Read about the ballot process

First round offers (Applicant group A)

Offers are made to applicant group A candidates. This occurs by email.

Applicant group A candidates have 48 hours to accept, decline or tentatively accept the offer. This must be done via the online application portal.

  • applicants offered their first preference may accept or decline the offer
  • applicants who are not offered their first preference may tentatively accept in the hope of receiving a higher preference in the 'roll-back process'

Please note:

  • applicants who decline an offer or withdraw their application through the online application portal will not be considered for any further intern positions in Queensland through the 2021 intern campaign.

Roll-back process

The 'roll-back' is a one-off process that occurs after the ballot and first round offers have been finalised. Any applicant group A candidates who tentatively accepted their first round offer (ie were not offered their first preference) are eligible to participate in this process.

The applicant who was last balloted out during the random ballot process will be the first applicant to be contacted if a higher preference is available, this process is repeated (second last applicant balloted out) until all positions are filled.

Read about the roll-back process

Second round offers (Applicant groups B-D)

Following the completion of first round offers, the position status report is updated. This is an updated list of available positions.

Applicant group B-D candidates have 48 hours to change their preferences if they wish to.

Please note:

  • Once you save and submit your new preferences, you will not be able to make any more changes to your preference list.

Queensland Health hospitals will then assess applicant applications and conduct their own meritorious selection processes. To find out about each Hospital and Health Service merit selection processes and what they look for in an intern please contact the Hospital directly.

Offers will be released via the online application portal.
See the campaign dates for specific details about when to look for this information.

Applicants will have 48 hours to accept or decline offers from individual hospitals. This occurs via the online application portal.

Please note:

  • applicants who decline an offer or withdraw their application through the online application portal will not be considered for any further intern positions in Queensland through the 2021 intern campaign.

Open round

If vacancies become available after all rounds have been finalised, individual hospitals will meritoriously select from remaining applicants to available vacancies.

Recruitment to fill available vacancies will continue until the national closing date for intern recruitment. After the closing date any further vacancies that arise will be filled via the Late Vacancy Management Process (LVMP).

Read about the LVMP

Note: Hospitals may not contact you immediately after you have accepted an offer, however will do in due course to commence employment paperwork.

Related information

Last updated: 21 April 2020

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