Frequently Asked Questions

Useful Information for Applicants

HETI evaluates applicants’ experiences through the internship application pathways each year. The information below addresses several frequently asked questions about medical intern recruitment in NSW.

Applicants from interstate or New Zealand universities who completed a NSW Year 12 HSC Certificate need to provide this document. All applicants from NSW universities should select “No”, as this is not required as part of your application.

Both applicants need to be from the same NSW Health Priority Category and must also preference their network preferences in the same order.

HETI strongly advises that applicants should preference networks in the order in which they would prefer to work in and recommends that applicants DO NOT stack preferences.

You must select and order your network preferences by the application close date. After the closing date, your preferences cannot be altered.

You can change your preferences for the rural preferential hospitals applied to (not your network preferences) until the last day of the scheduled interview period.

Approval of extenuating circumstances for an applicant does not guarantee allocation to a position above other applicants in the same priority category.  Approval may result in a reduced set of network preferences to be considered by the algorithm along with all other applicants. It does not guarantee allocation to a desired network or higher preference than would otherwise have been allocated.

It is possible that an applicant in one of the lower categories in the NSW Health Priority List may not receive a position offer in NSW, and if an offer is received, they may not receive an equivalent or higher preference than would otherwise have been allocated.

Accepting an offer from another State or Territory will not impact your eligibility to receive an offer for an internship in NSW. If you do receive and accept an offer in NSW after you have accepted an offer from another State or Territory, you will need to decide which offer you are accepting and which one you will decline. This needs to be completed before the national audit period.  Applicants eligible for the Late Vacancy Management process will only receive a maximum of one offer from any State or Territory.

Swapping offers is not facilitated by HETI. The New South Wales Student Medical Council facilitates the intern swaps forum; http://www.nswmsc.org.au/internship. Please read the swap guidelines document to familiarise yourself regarding this process. Please note that all swaps will cease at the end of National Offer Period 2.

To note: If at a later date, an agreed swap does not proceed because an applicant has declined their offer then all applicants involved in the swap will be reverted to their original allocation.

You are not able to swap your intern position for a vacant position.

If the applicant decides to accept their interstate offer they will need to decline their NSW offer. The vacant position will only be made available to applicants who haven’t received an offer from NSW. You will not be able to make a swap for this position.

To note: If at a later date, an agreed swap does not proceed because an applicant has declined their offer then all applicants involved in the swap will be reverted to their original allocation.

It is expected that applicants will commence on the date specified in the formal letter of offer.

Applicants are only eligible to be part of this process if they are not holding an intern position in any jurisdiction after the close of the national offer periods. This is a national process that all states and territories use to fill late vacancies. After the close of National Offer Period 4, unplaced applicants will be contacted by the National Data Manager and asked to confirm by email that they want to be part of the Late Vacancy Management process.

In NSW the RPR pathway is the only pathway that is based on merit. The algorithm used to allocate applicants to positions is based on your network preferences and does not make distinctions between applicants based on meritocracy. The focus of the algorithm is to give the best possible outcome for all applicants based on your NSW Health Priority Category.

Offers are made up until the close of National Offer Period 4, or, for applicants who are not holding a position, to the close of the Late Vacancy Management process. HETI is unable to guarantee that any applicants below category 1 will receive an offer.

The total number of positions available at networks are published on the HETI website. The website is updated if position numbers change. HETI is unable to advise the number of vacant positions during the recruitment process.

All applicants need to have their provisional registration prior to commencing internship.

Applicants who are Defence employees are asked to notify HETI by email on submission of application.  Once a position offer is accepted, they are also asked to contact the relevant JMO Manager from the Network or the RPR hospital facility and inform them that they are a Defence medical graduate in order to receive the correct contract type.