Registered Psychologists – Employers cannot afford to have a fulltime staff member mentor and sit in with a graduate candidate who needs supervision before they can become a registered psychologist. As a result they are looking for registered and highly experienced candidates, who are in short supply. In addition, not all companies can provide sponsorship and most employers are looking for candidates willing to remain long-term.
Registered Nurses – Registered Nurses are in demand for vacancies in remote clinics, not-for-profit organisations and private hospitals. There is a shortage of registered and highly experienced candidates.
General Practitioners – There is a shortage of AHPRA registered and highly experienced candidates. Employers are looking for people with Australian experience. In addition, candidates who are happy to work in the Northern Territory are in short supply as there is not a lot of interstate movement to the Territory.
Occupational Therapists – Once again, experienced and registered candidates are in short supply. Most current candidates are graduates. In addition, employers with vacancies in remote locations struggle to attract suitable candidates due to accommodation difficulties.
Physiotherapists – Similarly to the situation for Psychologists, Physiotherapists are needed for government departments and private sector organisations, but there isn’t a shortage of experienced candidates. Often they cannot afford to have a fulltime staff member mentor and sit in with a graduate candidate, so they are looking for registered and highly experienced candidates. Some vacancies are in remote locations, such as Alice Springs or Katherine, and candidates are usually reluctant to relocate on a permanent basis. In addition, accommodation cannot always be provided by the employer and a lack of suitable accommodation options can make it difficult to attract candidates to roles in such locations.
Healthcare employers are looking for highly experienced staff and for most roles they are unable to take on graduates. Many employers in rural locations offer fixed-term contracts of three months, as opposed to permanent roles, since candidates do not want to stay for an indefinite period of time and prefer short-term contracts.
Most employers look for specific experience within Australia, and they are less open to sponsoring overseas skills and qualifications.
In a localised trend, the Northern Territory is struggling to attract suitable permanent candidates who are willing to remain in the area for a lengthy period. Candidate levels are seasonal, and there can be an influx in the need for Registered Nurses for local hospitals during the dry period.
In addition, the salary expectations of interstate candidates can be high as they often believe there is an increase in pay for working in the Territory, which isn't always the case.
We are also seeing a need for permanent staff in remote areas, however living and working in such locations is generally not the preferred option for candidates.