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When we recruit

We recruit for positions throughout the year once we are aware a vacancy exists. It is difficult for us to know if a vacancy will exist beyond 3 months in advance but in all instances, we will advertise the position once it's confirmed available. You can find our current vacancies listed on our careers website at

We are often flooded with candidates expressing an interest in our opportunities but the best advice we can offer you is that you check out our careers website for the current vacancies. If you can't see a position you're interested in at the time you can register for 'Job Alerts' to keep informed of our opportunities that best match your interests.

All interested applicants need to submit a formal application online to ensure that we run a fair and transparent recruitment process. As mentioned in our adverts, emailed applications will not be accepted for consideration. If you are having any difficulty uploading documents on your online application check out our troubleshooting section that can offer you assistance.

It's vital that you understand New Zealand's rotation dates so that you can ensure you're available for the position you're applying for. We will always indicate a start date within the advertisement so that candidates know when they'd need start for service needs. On rare occasions we consider candidates that may require a delayed start but these are managed on a case-by-case basis and need to be discussed with us.

Our National Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Rotation Dates are as follows:

HOUSE OFFICER YEAR27/11/2017 25/11/2018
1ST QUARTER27/11/201725/02/2018
2ND QUARTER26/02/201827/05/2018
3RD QUARTER28/05/201826/08/2018
4TH QUARTER27/08/201825/11/2018
6 MONTH RUNDATES11/12/201710/06/2018


Positions we offer

We offer a variety of positions and are subject to availability. 

First year (PGY1) House Officer

First Year House Officers are allocated to our District Health Boards (DHBs) via The Advance Choice of Employment (ACE) programme. ACE facilitate the application and recruitment process for New Zealand and Australian medical students applying for their first year House Officer positions throughout New Zealand. This means that PGY1 positions are not readily available for eligible candidates outside of the ACE process. 

Our 3DHBs ask that ACE applicants complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) as part of your application process, but this is only needed if you are considering ranking the Wellington Region as a preference. By submitting an EOI, you are signing yourself up for a short phone interview conducted by one of our friendly Educational Supervisors. This phone interview will help you with the overall score we give you (should you be matched to our DHBs).

2017 ACE dates:

ACE applications openMonday, 13 February 2017 - 9am
ACE and DHB Employer RoadshowMonday, March - Thursday 9 March
ACE registration cut-offFriday, May 26
Applicants to have sent reference requestsFriday, May 26
ACE applications closeFriday, June 9 - 12pm (NZT)
ACE scoring periodFriday, 9 June - Monday 19 June
Employer selection and ranking periodTuesday, June 20 to Wednesday, July 12
ACE match periodWednesday, July 12 to Friday, July 28
ACE match outcome notifiedTuesday, August 1
National employer offer dateMonday, August 14
Accepts and Declines dueMonday, August 21

For more information regarding ACE, this link will take you to their website.


Second year (PGY2) House Officer

These positions are for House Officers that have completed at least their first year training. 

It's important that you meet the registration requirements set out by the Medical Council. For information about your eligibility visit They also have a handy registration self-assessment tool that can help determine your eligibility.


Senior House Officer

Some services offer Senior House Officer positions that sit specifically within a service. These positions have their own application requirements depending on the service but at the very least, you would have completed two (2) years as a House Officer. 



We have a number of opportunities for Registrars within our DHBs. 

Annual Recruitment Cycle

Our Annual Recruitment Cycle dates are listed below. These indicate the recruitment timeframes for positions starting at the beginning of the Resident Medical Officer year in November/December 2017.

Applications open
NZMonday 24 April
International Monday 24 April
Closing Dates
Registrars/SHOsSunday 21 May
Offers Made on
Registrars and designated SHO positionsMonday 31 July
House OfficersMonday 14 August
Acceptances By
Registrars and designated SHO positionsMonday 07 August 2017
House OfficersMonday 21 August 2017

Helpful tools

The following document is available from the Kiwi Health Jobs website and can give you some more information about our Country's District Health Boards.

NZ Doctor Booklet (.pdf)

Last updated 8 June 2017.