Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Panel of Overseas Recruitment Agencies (PORA). If you have any further questions or comments please email us.

What is the current status of the Panel of Recruitment Agencies (PORA)?

From 12 November 2016, the PORA is in place for the screening and placement of nursing and midwifery professionals only.​

Do NSW Health employers have to use a member of the PORA to recruit health professionals from overseas?

For the recruitment of nurses and midwives

NSW Public Health Organisations (PHOs) may either:

  • manage the recruitment of overseas health professionals in-house or
  • engage with a PORA member to place and/or screen suitable candidates from overseas.

PHOs may not pay fees for placement and/or screening services of overseas nurses or midwives to non-PORA agencies.

For the recruitment of medical, oral health or allied health professionals

NSW PHOs may either:

  • manage the recruitment of overseas health professionals in-house; or
  • engage with any recruitment agency to place and/or screen suitable candidates from overseas in line ​with PD2015_026 Recruitment and Selection of Staff to the NSW Health Service.

For a medical locum position

NSW PHOs must use an agency on the NSW Health Register of Medical Locum Agencies.

How long is the PORA in place for?

The current PORA agreement for the recruitment of overseas nurses and midwives only commenced on 12 November 2016 and will expire on 11 November 2017, after which NSW Health will have the option of extending the agreement for another year.

The previous PORA agreement for the recruitment of all overseas health professionals commenced on 12 November 2013 and concluded on 11 November 2016.

The original PORA Agreement began in 2008 and expired on 11 November 2013.

What recruitment agencies are members of the PORA?

They are (in alphabetical order):

  • Geneva Health International Limited
  • HealthStaff Recruitment
  • International Medical Recruitment​
  • ​Professional Connections
  • I.C.E Group.

Please contact us for more information.

If I choose to use a member of the PORA, how do I do that?

There are 3 steps in engaging with a PORA member:

  1. Contact the PORA coordinator at your PHO.
  2. The PORA coordinator will contact PORA members to source suitable candidates and complete a customer order form confirming services required with the selected PORA member/s.
  3. The PORA coordinator will forward suitable candidate details to you or arrange for you to liaise with the PORA member directly.

Having found a suitable candidate, interview and recruitment should be carried out in accordance with PD2015_026 Recruitment and Selection of Staff to the NSW Health Service.​

Who is the PORA coordinator at my PHO?

Please email healthrecruit@doh.health.nsw.gov.au for details.

Does NSW Ministry of Health pay the PORA for their services?

No, each PHO who engages a member of the PORA must pay for the services used.

How much do the PORA charge for their services?

Contact your local PORA coordinator for further information on fees.

I want to recruit an Australian qualified, Australian citizen/permanent resident nurse or midwife who has current Australian registration but is located overseas - do I have to use a member of the PORA?

No - you may use the services of any recruitment agency after obtaining consent of the Secretary, in line with PD2015_026 Recruitment and Selection of Staff to the NSW Health Service.

I want to recruit an overseas qualified nurse or midwife who has current Australian registration and is located in Australia - do I have to use a member of the PORA?

No - you may use the services of any recruitment agency after obtaining consent of the Secretary, in line with PD2015_026​ Recruitment and Selection of Staff to the NSW Health Service.

I've heard that PHOs may incur some additional costs when recruiting from overseas, such as for health insurance. Is this the case?

Refer to the relevant visa category on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for up-to-date information on employer obligations when sponsoring professionals from overseas.

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Page Updated: Thursday 27 July 2017