Working as a Radiographer in Australia

Working as a Radiographer in Australia

If you are planning to gain employment in Australia as a Radiographer, you must posses certain qualifications and requirements to be successful in this field. Read on and find out what are these important requirements to become a qualified radiographer in Australia.

Radiographer in Australia

To work as a medical diagnostic radiographer in Australia, registration is compulsory through Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA). Depending on which state in Australia you wish to work in, you will be required to obtain a Radiation Use License which varies from State to State or Territory. 

For overseas intent to gain employment in Australia as a Radiographer, you must have at least 24 months of post graduate experience and hold membership with the Australian Institute of Radiography (AIR).

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) has defined the main duties of a Radiographer (Medical Diagnostic Radiographer- ANZSCO 251211) to primarily involve “the operation of X-rays and other medical imaging equipment to produce images for medical diagnostic purposes in conjunction with Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists or other Medical Practitioners”.

To apply for migration to Australia as a Radiographer under one of the General Skilled Migration categories, one must obtain the skills assessment of AIR. The AIR will assess Radiographers through its Overseas Qualifications Assessment Panel (OQAP). The qualifications gained outside Australia are assessed for equivalence to the Australian standard at the time of qualification.  The equivalence is at undergraduate academic level plus the associated clinical levels.  Postgraduate/post qualification education and clinical experience may be taken into consideration. Post graduate clinical experience is fundamental to AIR assessment. Substantiated evidence is required from your past and present employers verifying your Radiography experience. Employer's evidence of 'recency of practice' i.e. clinical experience within the last 5 years is the minimum requirement. This substantiated evidence of clinical experience should be from a Chief Radiographer, Head of Department or similar and written on hospital or employer's letterhead. If the qualification and experience are acceptable, a Validated Statement of Accreditation will be granted and a letter for use in the immigration process will be issued.

As an alternative to the Points Based Skilled Migration visa, overseas trained and experienced Radiographers may be eligible for the following Australian skilled migration visas: Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), and Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457).

Most of the employer-sponsored visa jobs for Radiographers can be found in Sydney, Gold Coast, regional NSW, regional QLD, Melbourne, Perth, and Tasmania.  Minimum requirement is 2 years in general radiography and CT.  Apart from general radiography, highly sought specialties are in Computed Tomography (CT), Mammography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). For MRI Radiographer role, strong MRI experience and Level 1 accreditation is expected.  Radiographers’ salary in Australia is essentially based on the level of experience and skills set, currently averaging at AUD $50-60/hourly.

Visit our job board for more job opening in Australia or you can contact us for more details.

 

Provided by:
Fred Molloy, Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 0853698)
Konnecting – Australian Skilled Migration & Recruitment Consultants
www.konnecting.com

 

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