FAQ - Myths & Misconceptions

Useful Information for Applicants


After undertaking an evaluation of the internship application pathways over the last three clinical years, HETI wishes to address a number of myths and commonly held misconceptions about medical graduate recruitment.

It has been claimed that by stacking the network preference list this will improve an applicant’s chances of being allocated to a favorable Network. This is NOT the case. Conversely, selecting networks by stacking can have a negative impact on the percentage of applicants receiving offers to preferences 1 – 6. HETI strongly advises that you preference networks in descending order according to where you most want to work. It really is that simple!

Unfortunately this is not an option. Offers are made annually, if you do not want to commence internships in the clinical year you have been offered a position for you need to decline your offer. You will still be eligible to apply for following clinical year intakes within three years of graduating from your degree.

You must select your network preferences by the application deadline. Preferences cannot be altered after the deadline.

If you accept an offer from another State, this will not impact your eligibility to receive an offer in NSW. If you do receive an offer in NSW and wish to accept this offer you will need to decline your interstate offer before the national audit.

Swapping offers is not facilitated by HETI. The New South Wales Student Medical Council can facilitate a swap via the intern forum; http://www.nswmsc.org.au/internship.

You will only receive one internship position offer in NSW and remaining vacancies are offered to applicants who have not yet received an offer. These offers are made as per the NSW Health Priority List. It is therefore not possible to swap a position that has been accepted with a vacant position that has not yet been filled.

In this situation, if the applicant decides to accept their interstate offer their NSW offer becomes vacant and can no longer be swapped. Applicants are only able to negotiate a swap through the NSW Student Medical Council provided both applicants have accepted positions to commence internship in NSW. If, at a later date, an agreed swap does not proceed all applicants involved will be allocated back to the original Network where they accepted their position.

The purpose of the late vacancy management process is to manage any vacancies that arise after 9 November 2018. This process will run from Monday 19 November 2018 - Friday 22 March 2019. Applicants will only be eligible for this process if they have not yet been offered an intern position (this applies regardless of whether an applicant has declined an offer or if an offer has been made from another state/territory).  There is no separate application process for the late vacancy management process. If you have made an application with either the Commonwealth, States or Territories and you have not been offered an intern position you will be contacted by the national audit data manager to confirm that they wish to participate in the late vacancy management process.

Offers are made up until January. HETI does not guarantee that any applicants below category 1 will receive an offer. Please try to be patient. As soon as an offer is made an email and SMS will be sent. Applicants are encouraged to regularly check emails for updates during offer period rounds.

Offers are made up until January. HETI does not guarantee that any applicants below category 1 will receive an offer. Please try to be patient. As soon as an offer is made an email and SMS will be sent. Applicants are encouraged to regularly check emails for updates during offer period rounds.

This is not the case. If the extenuating circumstances application is granted, your network preference list will be reduced based on the circumstances of your application and an assessment of travel time to the home hospital. You may not be guaranteed an offer from your first network preference as the algorithm does not make distinctions between applicants based on extenuating circumstances.

HETI does not provide this information until the annual report is released at the end of the recruitment process.