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How the campaign works

Queensland Health facilitates an annual campaign to recruit resident medical officers (RMOs) and registrars for positions in Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) across the state. On occasion, there are other vacancies not included in the RMO campaign and these are advertised via the Smartjobs and Careers website.

Who's involved?

Position levels advertised

Applications to the following position levels are accepted via the RMO campaign:

  • Provisional Fellowship Year (PFY)
  • Registrar (Reg)
  • Principal House Officer (PHO)
  • Senior House Officer (SHO)
  • Junior House Officers(JHO)

In Queensland, registrar level positions are generally ‘training’ positions however some facilities offer Registrar level positions which are non-accredited training and may not count towards training time. Please check with the facility directly about these vacancies.

Read more about the medical career structure in Queensland Health.

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Who can apply?

Medical practitioners who are seeking to practice medicine in Queensland and hold current registration or be eligible to obtain registration with the Medical Board of Australia prior to commencing work. For further information registration, please visit the Medical Board's website.

Can overseas-trained doctors (IMGS) apply?

Overseas trained doctors must hold or be eligible to obtain registration with the Medical Board of Australia and hold or be eligible to obtain a visa to practice in Australia. Any visa related queries should be directed to Department of Home Affairs.

How preferences work?

All candidates can preference up to 5 positions of choice  at Step 10: Preferences of the online application. Candidates should always discuss employment opportunities with their preferenced facilities or the organisation allocating positions before submitting an application.

Once the campaign closes only preferenced facilities or the organisation allocating positions are able to assess applications within the specified recruitment round, see below. Assessing organisations access applications and attachments, and conduct meritorious recruitment activities. The recruiting organisation may contact candidates to discuss applications, employment opportunities or organise interviews. If you are not contacted by the recruiting organisation, we suggest you contact them directly to enquire on the progress of your application, refer to Participating hospitals webpage.

Candidates applying for a training position, need to refer to the Specialty training programs webpage for your specialty, review key training application requirements and contact details by clicking on the provided links and Preferencing guide.

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How do recruitment rounds work?

Once the campaign closes, recruitment activities begin. Refer to Campaign dates webpage for the breakdown.

Candidates have the option to amend preferences at specified periods throughout the campaign, an email is sent to available candidates with a list of Remaining Vacancies.

Selection Round

1st Preference

2nd to 5th Preferences

Recruitment Round 1:

Registrar and PHO

1st preference facility or training program assess, interview and offer placements. Once offer is accepted, candidate is selected on the system.If a candidate has not obtained an offer by the 1st preference facility, 2-5 preferenced facilities assess, interview and offer placements. Once offer is accepted, candidate is selected on the system.
Application Re-preferencingCandidates not offered a Registrar or PHO position have the opportunity to re-preference via the Applicant portal to remaining vacancies.
Remaining vacancies selection1-5 pref facilities assess, interview and offer placements to candidates that re-preferenced. Once offer is accepted, candidate is selected on the system.

Recruitment Round 2:

SHO and JHO

1st preference facility assess, interview and offer placements. Once offer is accepted, candidate is selected on the system.If a candidate has not obtained an offer by the 1st preference facility, 2-5 preferenced facilities assess, interview and offer placements. Once offer is accepted, candidate is selected on the system.
Application Re-preferencingCandidates not offered a SHO/JHO position have the opportunity to re-preference via the Applicant portal to remaining vacancies.
Remaining vacancies selection1-5 pref facilities assess, interview and offer placements to candidates that re-preferenced. Once offer is accepted, candidate is selected on the system.

Open Round:
Remaining vacancies

Candidates not offered a position have the opportunity to re-preference via the Applicant portal to any remaining vacancies.
Remaining vacancies selectionAll facilities can assess, interview and offer placements to candidates on the available pool. Once offer is accepted, candidate is selected on the system.

Where do I submit an application?

Applications are lodged via the Applicant portal. If you are applying for, or have been accepted onto an accredited training program with a specialist medical college, you will still need to submit an online RMO application.

Paper applications will not be accepted.

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Last updated: 5 December 2018