Working in New Zealand

How long will it take for me to be able to work in New Zealand?

New Zealand has one registering body, the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). Unlike Australia, you do not need to present your application in person and you can submit it on paper a maximum of 6 months from your intended start date. The length of the process will depend on the registration pathway you are applying for.

For a Canadian doctor, the process should take around 10 weeks from signing of contract to first day of placement.

Your Doctor Jobs will be there to assist you every step of the way as you embark on your Kiwi adventure!

How much can I earn as a GP sabbatical/permanent in NZ?

Sabbatical rates are, in most cases, negotiable. However, the base range does vary depending on the location, the length of the placement, accommodation and travel requirements, the kind of practice and any extra skills that are required.

Sabbatical placements for GPs in rural areas, smaller towns and cities will in most cases provide accommodation and a vehicle, and cover flights within New Zealand. In most cases the hour (or per half-day session) rate of payment will be higher in these locations too.

A standard GP session rate (for a 4 hour session) for a sabbatical/permanent doctor usually comes to between $400 NZD and $500 NZD.

How does tax work in New Zealand?

We are not in a position to give taxation advice, but would recommend that you look at the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department (IRD) website. If you are working as an employee in New Zealand you will be required to get an IRD Number. Employees have their tax deducted prior to being paid. This is known as PAYE (Pay as You Earn). Your Doctor Jobs can assist you with applying for your IRD number when you arrive in New Zealand, to make the process smoother.

If your country has a double tax agreement with New Zealand and you are there for less than 183 days, it is expected that you will pay tax on your earnings in your home country.

Independent contractors get paid the full amount without tax deducted. However, they then have to make alternative arrangements for a separate tax payment, to the IRD if you are in New Zealand for more than 183 days or to their home country if they are there for less.

If you are a working as a contractor, you will need to get an IRD number and you may need to become registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST). We will arrange for you to discuss this with the IRD non-resident contractor’s team when you are arrive in New Zealand.

What medical indemnity do I need to work as a sabbatical or permanent doctor in New Zealand?

All doctors that would like to work in New Zealand must ensure that they have the correct medical indemnity while undertaking sabbatical/permanent work. Medical indemnity cover is a requirement for registration in New Zealand.

On average, medical indemnity costs less in NZ than it does in Australia. This is due to the NZ accident corporation (ACC), which has an accident and compensation scheme in place. This provides personal injury cover for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors. In return, people do not have the right to sue for personal injury, other than for exemplary damages.

Please contact the Medical Protection Society for more information on NZ medical indemnity.

For further information on ACC please follow the link: The Accident Compensation Corporation.

What is the shortest time a Canadian can work in New Zealand?

If you have decided on a spur of the moment that you want to see what doctor jobs beautiful New Zealand has to offer, you are in luck! The registration process is not as complicated as in Australia, and you should be able to sort everything in a few months. 3-4 months is the average.

If you have never worked in New Zealand before and are not a New Zealand citizen but do hold Family Medicine Fellowship (CCFP), the process will be very simple.

Most of our New Zealand clients will be looking for a three month minimum commitment – they want return on the investment of time and energy it will take to induct, mentor and educate a Canadian doctor into the New Zealand medical system.

The demand for doctors in New Zealand varies greatly during different times of year. During the New Zealand winter (May-September), doctors are generally in high demand, while during the summer months a lot of doctors travel there from around the world – think seasonal, and there will not be as much competition for the position you want.

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