The role of the NSW Ministry of Health is to assess applications for Area of Need status for medical positions against the Area of Need Program Policy Directive and Assessment Criteria and other Policy requirements. Please ensure you have read this document and complied with all criteria prior to submitting your application.

Electronic system for making Area of Need applications

For employers wishing to make an application for Area of Need status, you will need to access the Area of Need Portal system in order to submit your application online. To register as a new user, please send an email to providing the following information:

  • your full name and position title
  • your contact email address
  • your contact telephone number
  • the name, address and telephone number of the primary and secondary facilities (e.g aged care facilties) where the Area of Need position will be based.

Recruitment agencies should also provide the name of the practice owner (on behalf of which they will be making an application) and email address. You will then receive an email from the administrator and be required to complete an online registration form to complete this process. 

Once you have been given access to the online portal, submit your application via the NSW Health Web Application Portal 


Current as at: Thursday 4 March 2021