The following interactive tool uses MBS GP Workforce Statistics to provide statistical information on General Practitioner Full-Time Workload Equivalent (FWE) levels including Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs). First select the State(s) you want data on then use the menu options to display the statistics you are interested in.
FWE (Full-Time Workload Equivalent)
FWE is a measure of service provision taking into account doctors' varying workloads. It is generally considered to provide a good overall indicator of medical workforce supply.
FWE is calculated by dividing each doctor's Medicare billing by the average billing of full-time doctors for the reference period. Unlike FTE, the FWE is not capped, recognising that there is a full range of service provision both above and below the average.
GPs with overseas qualifications
From December 2003, Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) have been able to obtain temporary visas for up to four years, compared to the previous limit of two years. On 20 May 2004, medical practitioners were included on the Skilled Occupations List for immigration purposes. As a result of this change, doctors who satisfy requirements for medical registration no longer require a sponsor to migrate to Australia. These changes have resulted in significant increases in the number of overseas trained doctors entering the system from 2004-05.