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Overseas Pharmacists in Australia

Raven's can help with the placement of International Pharmacists into jobs throughout Australia. 

Our team of Recruitment Consultants place Pharmacists from New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA into both Locum (temp) and permanent employment. Our service is free and we can assist you by providing information sources to help with organising registration, travel advice, visas, accommodation, and any other queries you may have.

All overseas trained pharmacists (with the exception of New Zealand) are required to have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC).

Applications from pharmacists who obtained their original qualification overseas are divided into the following groups:

Pharmacists Qualified in New Zealand

Pharmacists with qualifications obtained in New Zealand will be exempt from APC requirements. Their registration is facilitated via formal Trans Tasman mutual recognition arrangements. New Zealand's educational qualifications are closely linked to Australia's through shared accreditation requirements and practice standards are similar on both sides of the Tasman. The form for this (Application for general registration under Trans-Tasman mutual recognition - ATMR-60) is available on the Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA) website. Raven's can advise you further on this.

Pharmacists Qualified in the United Kingdom, Ireland, USA or Canada

A modified process has been introduced for eligible holders of qualifications from the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada. This is a shortened process which requires passing a new examination known as the Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacists (CAOP). CAOP will be offered four times a year in Australia and overseas. After successful completion of the CAOP candidates must meet the Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA) requirements for registration. This will include a national examination of pharmacy law and ethics.

Pharmacists Qualified in any other overseas country

Pharmacists with qualifications obtained in other countries will continue to need a Skills Assessment by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) in the current process, which includes formal examinations, longer periods of supervised practice and a final assessment of competency. Pharmacists must then meet the Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA) requirements for registration.

For more information on APC assessments, refer APC - Skills Assessment.

For more information on APC examinations, refer APC - Exams.

For more information on PBA registration, refer PBA - Overseas Practitioner Registration.


Anyone who does not hold an Australian or New Zealand passport will need an appropriate Visa or Work Permit to work in Australia.

Whether you plan on visiting Australia on a temporary or permanent basis, once you have made your initial arrangements for work rights and registration as a Pharmacist then Raven's will help you identify the job vacancy that best suits your circumstances.

For more information on Visas, refer Department of Home Affairs (DoHA).