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Locums in Australia and New Zealand

Locums in Australia and New Zealand

In Australia and New Zealand, the term “locum” is usually used to describe short term work, often facilitated at short notice. In order to be able to take up locum work, doctors are usually required to hold unrestricted General or Specialist/Vocational registration in Australia or New Zealand.

There are many benefits of working as a locum doctor including generous salary/pay rates, the ability to work and travel at the same time, experiencing new locations and work environments, and the flexibility to manage your own roster. Most locums include reimbursement of travel costs and accommodation, and can include the use of a vehicle.

Locum doctor jobs can in some cases offer up to 5 times the standard FTE pay rate. Pay rates are usually dictated by a number of factors including the location and urgency of the role, and your experience. Below is a rough guide to what locum doctors can earn in Australia and New Zealand:


Australia (AUD)

New Zealand (NZD)

Resident / SHO

Up to $120 per hour

Up to $80 per hour


Up to $180 per hour

Up to $120 per hour

General Practitioner

Up to $2,300 per day

Up to $120 per hour

Consultant / Specialist

Up to $3,000 per day

Up to $2,000 per day

If you’re already working in Australia or New Zealand, organising locums can be time consuming in addition to your normal hours. At IMR LocumBank you will be working with your own personalised Locum Medical Recruitment Specialist, Candidate Manager and Recruitment Coordinator who will take care of:

  • Negotiating pay rates, travel and accommodation

  • Organising specific dates and shift times

  • Organising placement paperwork

  • Facilitating any required regulatory processes

  • Processing invoices and payment

IMR LocumBank candidates also have access to our exclusive Locum Rewards program, which allows you to earn points for every shift you work through us. Your Locum Rewards points can then be used to exchange for products, experiences, gift vouchers and much more.

For more information on locum doctor jobs in Australia and New Zealand, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.